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A bid to hold a major terrorism trial in complete secrecy must be debated in the Commons, an MP and campaigner on civil liberties has said.
Dominic Raab, a former Foreign Office lawyer, told MPs that even after today's Court of Appeal ruling to lift some of the restrictions, journalists would still be "hand-picked" to cover the trial.
"Given what is at stake in terms of principles of open justice and democracy, can we have a statement or debate in the near future?" he asked.
Commons leader Andrew Lansley replied, "The issues were considered, though it is not a matter for the Government to decide these things, they were decided by the court ... we can look to the courts to ensure the interests of justice will be maintained."
A Court of Appeal judge said the "core" of a major terrorism trial will be held in secret as "this case is exceptional."
Lord Justice Gross, one of three judges who made the decision, said:
The trial is due to start at the Old Bailey on June 16.
ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning reports on the Court of Appeal ruling:
The Attorney General's Office said they are "pleased" a major terrorism trial will go ahead after the Court of Appeal ruled the "core" of the trial can be held in secret.
A spokesman for the Attorney General said:
The defendants in a major terrorism trial have been named as Erol Incedal and Mounir Rarmoul-Bohhadjar following a ruling by the Court of Appeal.
They were previously identified only as AB and CD before judges ruled they could be named despite the "core" of their trial being held in secret.
The "core" of a major terrorism trial can be held in secret however the defendants can be identified, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Media organisations had contested the "unprecedented" decision by Mr Justice Nicol last month at the Old Bailey relating to the pending trial of two defendants only known as AB and CD.
Richard Whittam QC, for the Crown, said it supported open justice but there were exceptional circumstances which had led to exceptional procedures in the case.
A major terrorism trial can partly be held in secret, the Court of Appeal has ruled.