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9 Sep 2010

Haroon Siddique, Guardian [UK]

US court rejects Binyam Mohamed torture case

A US court has ruled narrowly that Binyam Mohamed, the British resident secretly rendered to Morocco by the CIA…, cannot sue over his alleged torture in overseas prisons because it would compromise national security. Mohamed was the lead plaintiff in a case brought by…five former prisoners who claim they were tortured after being transferred to other countries through the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme. They are fighting for the right to sue Jeppesen Dataplan, a Boeing subsidiary accused of arranging flights for the CIA. A US court ruled last year that the case could proceed, but the Obama administration appealed and yesterday the United States court of appeals for the ninth circuit dismissed the case – although the judges were sharply divided by six to five on the decision.

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US appeals court dismisses lawsuit alleging Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan's complicity in torture, on grounds of national security - plaintiffs to appeal to Supreme Court

Jeppesen lawsuit (re extraordinary rendition flights)