Binyam Mohamed — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:21 am on 12th March 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Attorney General, Attorney General's Office, The Attorney-General 11:21 am, 12th March 2009

My Lords, I think that the most appropriate course has been taken. Noble Lords will know that this matter came before the Divisional Court, which had an opportunity to consider what steps should be taken. Before its decision, an indication was given to it by counsel that the Government had taken the decision to refer the matters to me. The court took the view that, because of my constitutional role as an independent Minister of Justice in these circumstances, the most appropriate thing was that the Government should do that which they did. The court derived great comfort from that, as is clear from the judgment. I think that the right thing has been done and I intend to discharge my duty without fear or favour.