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CAAT Saudi Arms - Rachel Toney

7th February 2020

The Secretary of State for International Trade, Elizabeth Truss,  has today (6th February 2020), issued a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) to Parliament and the House of Lords providing an update on matters related to the breaches of the undertaking given to the Court of Appeal on 20 June 2019 by the then Secretary of State, that HMG would not grant new licences for export to Saudi Arabia of arms and military equipment for possible use in the conflict in the Yemen, and the broader commitment to Parliament that HMG would not grant new licences for exports to Saudi Arabia or its coalition partners which might be used in the conflict in the Yemen. The independent investigation into the circumstances of the breaches has now concluded. The WMS is here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2020-02-06/HCWS101/  Copies of the investigation report have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

The appeal of the decision by the CA is due to be heard by the Supreme Court later this year. Rachel Toney of 36 Stone is being led by Angus McCullough QC, both appointed as Special Advocates acting in the best interests of CAAT before the Supreme Court. An application has recently been made for permission for there to be consideration, in this high profile case, of CLOSED evidence in a CLOSED hearing before the UK’s highest Court. This exceptional step is likely to be considered highly controversial by many for whom closed material proceedings are still an unwarranted and unpalatable attack on the fundamental principles of open justice.


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