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 Amal 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.
In the latest step of their long-running campaign to return to the Chagos archipelago, a British colony, the islanders appealed to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Britain evicted about 2,000 people from the islands in the 1960s and 1970s so that the US 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.”
Five Supreme Court judges heard the case Monday but are likely to reserve their judgment until later.
Source : The Telegraph http://bit.ly/1TLk450
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