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Clegg opposes secret trials plans

Government plans to hold more inquests and court cases behind closed doors could suffer a setback after the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told Cabinet colleagues he could not support the proposals in their current form.

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The plans are aimed at finding a way of managing sensitive evidence from the security services.

The Daily Mail reports that Mr Clegg said their concerns "cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the principles of open justice".

The newspaper also said Mr Clegg said the powers to take evidence in secret should not apply to inquests and that judges rather than ministers should decide when the measures are used in a small number of civil cases expected to be affected

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