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Amal at UK Supreme Court today June 22nd for Chagossian Islanders

Post by party animal - not! on Mon Jun 22 2015, 16:30

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Exiled Chagos islanders go to top UK court in bid to go home

LONDON — Indian Ocean islanders who were forced into exile to make way for a key U.S. military base are appealing to Britain’s top court in their long-running campaign to return home.
The islanders enlisted a legal team including Amal Clooney to take their case to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Britain evicted about 2,000 people from the tropical Chagos archipelago, a British colony, in the 1960s and 1970s so that the U.S. military could build an air base on Diego Garcia, the largest of the islands.
Almost a decade ago, Britain’s High Court and Court of Appeal ruled that they and their descendants could return to some of the 65 islands, though not to Diego Garcia. Those decisions were challenged by the government and overturned in 2008 by the Law Lords, then Britain’s highest court.
The Law Lords was replaced by the Supreme Court in 2009. The islanders’ lawyers argue that the earlier judgment should be overturned because the government of the time withheld information about a 2002 feasibility study into resettlement.

Edward Fitzgerald, a lawyer for the islanders, said that “there has been a significant injustice in the earlier proceedings, whether or not there was bad faith.”
The eviction of the islanders from their home halfway between Africa and Southeast Asia has long been controversial for Britain.
British authorities have expressed regret for the treatment of the islanders, but successive governments have blocked their attempts to return.
The key obstacle is the strategically important Diego Garcia base, which has supported U.S. military operations from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, the U.S. acknowledged it also had been used for clandestine rendition flights of terrorist suspects.
Five Supreme Court judges heard the case Monday but are likely to reserve their judgment until later.


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Re: Amal at UK Supreme Court today June 22nd for Chagossian Islanders

Post by party animal - not! on Mon Jun 22 2015, 19:59

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Amal Clooney's latest cause: She goes to court for former residents of tiny Indian Ocean islands who were forced to move in 1960s to make way for US airbase

  • Amal Clooney enlisted to help represent former Chagos Islands residents
  • They have gone to the Supreme Court to challenge a 2008 court ruling
  • Their legal team argued the residents suffered an 'injustice' when they were forcibly removed from their homeland in the Indian Ocean 40 years ago
  • She was pictured chatting to the residents' representative at court today




Amal Clooney has appeared at the Supreme Court in London to help argue the case for former residents of the Chagos Islands, who were forced to move from their homes in the 1960s to make way for a U.S. airbase.
A legal team including Clooney, which is headed by Edward Fitzgerald QC, claimed the former residents of the tiny Indian Ocean islands suffered 'a significant injustice' when moved to make way for the airbase.
The former residents have gone to the Supreme Court in London to challenge a decision made six years ago by the House of Lords which dashed their hopes of returning home to their native islands.
Clooney, who married Hollywood actor George Clooney in a star-studded ceremony in Venice last year, is among the group of lawyers enlisted to represent the former residents.
She appeared at the Supreme Court court today to fight the case and was pictured chatting to their representative outside the court house in London. 
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Chagos Refugee Group leader Olivier Bancoult (left) speaks to Amal Clooney outside the Supreme Court
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Clooney is part of a legal team enlisted by the former Chagos Islands residents to try and overturn a decision barring their return to their native islands. Here she is pictured outside the Supreme Court in London today
Families were forced to leave the islands in the 1960s and 1970s to make way for a United States Air Force base on the largest island, Diego Garcia. The last residents of the British colony were removed in May 1973.
Courts later ruled that the Chagossians could return to 65 of the islands, but not Diego Garcia. 
But Olivier Bancoult, the Chagossian leader who has been fighting in the courts on behalf of the islanders, now argues that the 2008 three-to-two majority ruling in favour of the foreign secretary should be 'set aside'.


Today, Edward Fitzgerald QC, heading a legal team that includes Clooney, told a panel of five Supreme Court justices, led by president Lord Neuberger, that the Law Lords' majority heavily relied on a 2002 feasibility study into resettlement, which concluded that the costs of long-term inhabitation of the outer islands would be prohibitive and life there precarious.
He said that now it was clear that, because of the non-disclosure of relevant materials about the genesis and reliability of the study, Mr Bancoult was deprived of the necessary means both to challenge it and the rationality of relying on it to remove the right of abode.
'We say that the non-disclosure is significant and material and that it affords grounds for the exercise of the jurisdiction to set aside judgement.'
Mr Fitzgerald said that the jurisdiction to reopen the judgement clearly existed, and could be invoked on the basis of serious non-disclosure by the government - whether deliberate or not.
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British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney (pictured outside court today) married Hollywood actor George Clooney in a star-studded ceremony in Venice last year
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Residents of the island of Diego Garcia (pictured) were removed in the 1960s and 70s to make way for a U.S. military base. They now hope to return to the island, located in British Indian Ocean Territory
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The Chagos Islands are a tiny archipelago which sits in a remote location in the Indian Ocean
The only proviso was that it must be shown that the non-disclosure probably had, or may well have had, a decisive effect on the outcome.
'Therefore there has been a significant injustice in the earlier proceedings, whether or not there was bad faith. And there is clearly no alternative remedy.'
Once the jurisdiction to reopen was triggered, he added, the Supreme Court had the power to reconsider its decision and to admit new evidence as to the reliability of the study which, he said, was not authoritative or completely independent. 
In 2004, the government used the royal prerogative to nullify the rulings but this was overturned by the High Court and Court of Appeal.
The government then went to the House of Lords in 2008 to argue that allowing the islanders to return would seriously affect defence and security.
At previous hearings the government said the decision to expel around 2,000 of the islanders was made on the basis that it was necessary for peace, order and good government.
The Supreme Court is likely to reserve its decision at the end of today's contested application. 


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Re: Amal at UK Supreme Court today June 22nd for Chagossian Islanders

Post by Donnamarie on Mon Jun 22 2015, 21:13

I have to commend the DM for actually writing a fairly newsworthy story ..... and they didn't even mention anything about what Amal was wearing or how she looked.  They could have left out the reference to "a star studded ceremony in Venice last year".

BTW, lovely polka dot outfit.

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jun 23 2015, 16:56

Today's 'contrast' story from the Mail

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue Jun 23 2015, 20:47

Well that was short-lived.  Back to just looking at pictures.  Altho "low cut crop" top was a bit exaggerated IMO.  Still not a fan of ripped jeans.

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jun 23 2015, 20:56

Final court hearing on this in November.

Similarly with the Belfast hearing...

Other pix online show Amal covering up with the 'coat'.....

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Re: Amal at UK Supreme Court today June 22nd for Chagossian Islanders

Post by Donnamarie on Tue Jun 23 2015, 21:08

Seems that Amal is juggling many cases at the moment. Sure there are some cases we don't know about too.

It's time for Como?  Time to get summer vacation started! She and George have been apart for what seems about 2 weeks.  I would guess she'll be doing some work from Como too.

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Re: Amal at UK Supreme Court today June 22nd for Chagossian Islanders

Post by Alisonfan on Tue Jun 23 2015, 21:28

Why DM put Amal Supreme court visit in showbiz section not news?
When she work is work not showbiz. Paps there why?

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Re: Amal at UK Supreme Court today June 22nd for Chagossian Islanders

Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jun 23 2015, 21:53

Because her name would be on all the court paperwork.......no idea why the sub editor stuck her on the celebrity pages. Maybe the name Clooney might have something to do with it....

Donnamarie........you see, I don't think they've been apart that long. I think he's been in London for a few days....as Rande Gerber says, 'we are stealth'...

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue Jun 23 2015, 21:56

I found an interesting article in the April 9, 2014 Washington Times that explains the ins and outs of this situation quite clearly. It's a lot more complicated than just allowing the Chagossians back on Diego Garcia.

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Post by annemarie on Tue Jun 23 2015, 22:46

George said she has 11 cases , I think she definitely works when she and George are together. She probably has offices in all their homes. I think Como is coming up they should be there for the 4th of July.

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party animal - not! wrote:Today's 'contrast' story from the Mail

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Is that her mother, in the car behind her?

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Re: Amal at UK Supreme Court today June 22nd for Chagossian Islanders

Post by Donnamarie on Thu Jun 25 2015, 03:44

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party animal - not! wrote:Today's 'contrast' story from the Mail

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Is that her mother, in the car behind her?

Codexchick there are additional pics on Amal's fashion blog.  In a shot of the car behind Amal it does show a clearer view of the woman in the car.  It does look like Baria.

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Re: Amal at UK Supreme Court today June 22nd for Chagossian Islanders

Post by party animal - not! on Wed Mar 30 2016, 12:48

A judgement on this case is due from the Supreme Court any moment - in fact it was due last month.......

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