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Lawyers representing David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald who was detained at a London airport for nine hours under anti-terror laws, has threatened legal action of his treatment and the confiscation of his electronics.
According to the Guardian Tuesday:
Lawyers … have written to home secretary Theresa May and the head of the Metropolitan police warning them that they are set to take legal action over what they say amounted to his “unlawful” detention… In their letter to May and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe they warn they are seeking immediate undertakings for the return David Miranda’s laptop and all other electronic equipment within seven days.
His lawyers at the London firm Bindmans are seeking an official undertaking that there will be “no inspection, copying, disclosure, transfer, distribution or interference, in any way with our client’s data”.
But they say if there has already been an inspection of his laptop and other equipment it should not be disclosed to any third party, domestic or foreign and should be kept secure pending the outcome of the legal action…
Bindmans say the police used the anti-terror laws in order to have “deliberately bypassed” the normal statutory procedures for seeking confidential journalistic material such as court orders under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email email@example.com.More Natasha Lennard.