London – Muhammad Rabbani will appear in the High Court today to appeal a conviction for not disclosing passwords during a Schedule 7 stop.
The outcome of the appeal will not only have implications for this torture case, but it will also test the Miranda Judgement, with wider consequences for journalists, lawyers, NGO members, doctors and others carrying confidential information through UK borders.
Muhammad Rabbani, International Director of CAGE, said:
“The outcome of the original hearing exposed the injustice of the Schedule 7 law. Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot confirmed that I was protecting confidential information, but that she was bound by the law to convict me of an offence for doing so. This is a clear sign that the law is inadequate and must go, and this appeal is the next step in attempting to do just that.”
“Some of the information that I was protecting was revealed recently in a CAGE report entitled Torture in America, which is the result of painstaking research by CAGE into allegations of torture by named officials on US soil. CAGE has now published the 35,000 pages of evidence from my laptop connected to this case. There was no question that I would protect such vital information. If our clients do not give consent to release information which is of a highly sensitive and personal nature, we will protect it. This is part of our goal to hold perpetrators of abuse to account.”
(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)