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Public Interest Immunity Certificates And The Trial Of Samar Alami And Jawad Botmeh

EDM number 415 in 2004-05, proposed by John Austin on 16/12/2004.

That this House notes that Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh have always protested their innocence and that their 1996 conviction in relation to the 1994 bombings of the Israeli Embassy and Balfour House has been widely questioned; also notes the unanswered questions about the bombings, including the identity of the bombers; further notes that the prosecution scenario of an intelligence vacuum contrasts with the Israeli and British authorities having received contemporaneous prior warnings about imminent attacks by parties unrelated to Samar or Jawad; further notes that the disclosure process has been plagued by the repeated use of public interest immunity certificates and by human errors conceded by the prosecution, police, M15 and M16, resulting in crucial information being withheld from the trial judge; notes Amnesty International's concern that the pair were denied their right to a fair trial; further notes that the United Kingdom Government has received official representations from many politicians and Arab governments on this case; believes that winning the war against terror and the United Kingdom's reputation are ill-served by jailing the wrong people and leaving the actual bombers free, and calls on the Government to re-open the investigation, make its results publicly known and address the human errors so that justice is done and seen to be done.

This motion has been signed by a total of 28 MPs.

John Austin16/12/2004Erith & ThamesmeadLabourProposed
Robert Jackson16/12/2004WantageConservativeSigned
Lynne Jones16/12/2004Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Colin Breed16/12/2004South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Neil Gerrard16/12/2004WalthamstowLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara20/12/2004Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn20/12/2004Islington NorthLabourSigned
Harry Barnes20/12/2004North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Adam Price21/12/2004Carmarthen East & DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
David Lepper21/12/2004Brighton, PavilionLabour Co-operativeSigned
John McDonnell21/12/2004Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Ann Cryer21/12/2004KeighleyLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley21/12/2004Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock10/01/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Meale10/01/2005MansfieldLabourSigned
Rob Marris11/01/2005Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Bill Etherington18/01/2005Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Michael Clapham20/01/2005Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Alan Simpson24/01/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins02/02/2005Luton NorthLabourSigned
George Galloway02/02/2005Glasgow, KelvinIndependentSigned
Sarah Teather03/02/2005Brent EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Karen Buck09/02/2005Regent's Park and Kensington NorthLabourSigned
Frank Cook21/02/2005Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Norman Baker24/02/2005LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Sedgemore15/03/2005Hackney South & ShoreditchLabourSigned
Sue Doughty17/03/2005GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
Barbara Follett24/03/2005StevenageLabourSigned

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