Lawyers for an Afghan man, who was beaten and tortured by British troops, have said that his case could have “gone away forever” due to the British government’s new secret courts plan.
"If the justice and security bill had been law today the defence secretary's application for an adjournment would have been heard in secret and it is likely to have been granted without the claimant ever knowing why", said Richard Stein of the law firm Leigh Day, representing Serdar Mohammed.
Mohammed, a father of two young children, was detained by British forces in Afghanistan on April 7, 2010 where he was violently kicked and punched by UK soldiers.
Mohammed was kept by British authorities for months only to be handed over to the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Afghanistan, where he was tortured into falsely saying he was a member of the Taliban.
It has emerged that the British defence secretary, Philip Hammond, tried to stop a hearing about the transfer of prisoners to Afghan prisons, where they risk being tortured.
But Hammond’s attempts to prevent such a hearing would not have been revealed if London had the newly proposed “secret courts” law firmly in its hands.