Bindmans and Matrix Chambers have secured a partial injunction limiting the examination of documents seized from a Guardian journalist’s partner held at Heathrow Airport under anti-terror laws.
David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was held for nine hours under the Terrorism Act on Sunday. Officials seized electronics equipment including his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles.
On Tuesday (20 August 2013), Miranda instructed Bindmans associate Gwen Morgan and Matrix Chambers’ Matthew Ryder QC and Eddie Craven to seek an injunction to prevent police from examining the electronic items seized and agree not to disclose the contents.
According to reports from the injunction hearing, held this morning before Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker, Miranda was granted an injunction stopping the Metropolitan Police and the Government from “inspecting, copying or sharing” data, except for national security purposes.
The Metropolitan Police were represented by 2 Hare Court’s Jonathan Laidlaw QC, while the Home Secretary Theresa May instructed 39 Essex Street’s Steven Kovats QC.
A full judgment is expected tomorrow (23 August).