Saturday, May 17, 2008

What Happened to Aamer?

Further to this post there has been no news of Aamer Anwar's contempt of court hearing on 29th and 30th April. He had claimed the prosecution of a convicted terrorist was driven by the state. Last week the Sunday Times printed an article about Aamer Anwar's battle with the law which was pretty damning of the Scottish legal system.

Certainly Court rules and forms are complex, just reading them does not in itself explain how to use them, and there is a lack of openness within the legal system. The new independent complaints system won't be active until October 2008 and there are worries about how independent it actually is. Lawyers are conservative and apart from Aamer Anwar there are no radicals in the profession.

The ruling was expected this week so I wait with bated breath.


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