Police who held journalist’s partner not at fault: UK court


Still life photo of a gavel, block and law book on a judges bench with the United Kingdom union jack flag behind.

LONDON — A British court says police acted lawfully when they used anti-terrorism powers to detain the partner of a journalist who worked with National Security Agency secret-spiller Edward Snowden.

      David Miranda was held under the Terrorism Act for nine hours at Heathrow Airport in August 2013 while he was traveling from Germany to Brazil. He was carrying documents for his partner, Glenn Greenwald, including encrypted intelligence files leaked by Snowden.

      Civil liberties groups criticized the use of anti-terror legislation, accusing the authorities of attempting to intimidate journalists.

      The High Court ruled in 2014 that police acted properly. Three appeals court judges agreed on Tuesday, saying police “exercised the power for a permitted purpose.”

      But the judges also said there should be stronger legal safeguards when that power is used against journalists.

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