30 August 2013

Louis Mably Instructed in Beghal Challenge to Legality of Questioning at Airports

Louis Mably Instructed in Beghal Challenge to Legality of Questioning at Airports

The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the legality of questioning at airports under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, 2000.

Mrs Sylvie Beghal was stopped and questioned at East Midlands Airport. Her lawyers argued that the powers under the Terrorism Act were so widely drawn that they meant that anyone could be stopped without reasonable suspicion. It was further claimed that there had been a breach of her human rights. The High Court ruled that the stop was ‚Äúneither arbitrary nor disproportionate‚ÄĚ. Furthermore, it was concluded that the powers conferred under Schedule 7, when balanced against the public interest in the protection against terrorism, do not violate the fundamental human rights in question.

Mr Louis Mably was instructed on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions

A full copy of the judgment can be found here.

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