Matrix loses David Miranda case

Read all about it: Matrix Chambers’ Matthew Ryder QC has lost a dramatic case for Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda, detained under the Terrorism Act last year.

This case has been central to the Edward Snowdon whistleblowing furore and a massive undertaking for Ryder and Bindmans, who stepped in to secure a partial injunction when Miranda’s files were seized at Heathrow last August.

The judicial review bid was thrown out by Lord Justice Lawes this morning. The court held that Miranda’s detention was proportionate and lawful under schedule 7 of the Act.

The battle was lengthy and featured a heavy roster of barristers including Matix Chambers’ Alex Bailin QC, Guy Vassall-Adams and 4 New Square’s Can Yeginsu for campaign groups Liberty and English Pen who joined the case as interveners.

Now Miranda has applied for permission to appeal. This is one news story that could hit the front page again before the year is out.

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