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Supreme Court unanimously rules Home Secretary breached Data Protection Act

Related Member(s):
Edward Craven, Richard Hermer QC, Tim Owen QC, Mark Summers QC
Related Practice Area(s):
Extradition and Mutual Assistance, Human Rights, Media and Information Law

In a significant judgment, a seven-judge panel of the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Home Secretary unlawfully breached the Data Protection Act 2018 by authorising the transfer of evidence to the United States without seeking an assurance that US authorities would not seek to impose the death penalty against the appellant’s son, Shafee El-Sheikh. Richard Hermer QC and Edward Craven acted for the appellant, Maha Elgizouli, instructed by Birnberg Peirce. Tim Owen QC acted for the Death Penalty Project and Mark Summers QC acted for Reprieve.

For a Case Summary and the judgment, please click here.