Snowden files injunction

Solicitors for the partner of a Guardian journalist detained under anti-terror laws at Heathrow and the Met Police have agreed the terms of a emergency injunction over the extent of the use of material seized by officers.

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Motivation behind files probe 'crucial security concerns'

The Home Office has said that the reason behind examining files seized from David Miranda is; "crucial public security concerns."

We are pleased that David Miranda's legal team and the court have agreed with us that there is a compelling case for this highly-sensitive stolen material to be retained by the police, and that all the documents retrieved may be examined on both national security and specified criminal grounds.

The examination of this documentation is motivated by crucial public security concerns, something clearly demonstrated by today's consent order and the release of the witness statements.

– Home Office spokesman


High Court to look at injunction calls in Miranda case

David Miranda, who was held at Heathrow Airport for nine hours under anti-terror laws, launched an application for judicial review, arguing that his detention was a misuse of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and breached his human rights.

David Miranda (left) travelled to Rio to meet his partner, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. Credit: Joao Laet/Agencia O Dia/Estadao Conteudo.

At a hearing last week, Mr Miranda sought an interim injunction in an action against the Home Secretary and the Met Police to prevent the Government, its agencies and the police from further ''inspecting, copying or sharing'' the data until the High Court can hear his judicial review challenge.

Today's argument before Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker at the High Court will centre on what, if any, injunction should be imposed pending the hearing later in the year.


HIgh Court hears David Miranda detention case

Legal action for an injunction aimed at stopping examination of material seized from a Guardian journalist's partner returns to the High Court today.

Two judges in London granted orders last week that partially and temporarily curtailed police use of data taken from David Miranda, who was detained at Heathrow Airport under anti-terror laws.

David Miranda was held at Heathrow while on his way from Berlin to Rio. Credit: Credit: APTN/Globo TV

Mr Miranda's partner is Glenn Greenwald, who has worked with US whistleblower Edward Snowden on a series of security services exposes.

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