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Newsnight: The Allies on Trial

Category: News

Date: 08.12.2005
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With ongoing controversy surrounding the conduct of the war in Iraq, and the treatment of terror suspects, BBC TWO's Newsnight is to stage a special programme entitled The Allies on Trial.


Allegations about the Allies' conduct of war in Iraq, counter-insurgency measures - including the use of rendition by the United States - and claims of torture in the War on Terror continue to surface.


Jeremy Paxman will chair a special programme exploring whether the Allies are guilty of war crimes.


The programme - to be broadcast on Wednesday 14 December - will take the form of a mock trial, with advocates arguing the case for the prosecution and defence with the help of witness and expert testimony.


Clive Stafford Smith - the Legal Director of Reprieve; a charity that defends prisoners facing the death penalty - will lead the prosecution and barrister John Cooper will argue for the defence.


A jury of specially chosen undecided members of the public will give their verdict.


Over the coming days Newsnight will be inviting viewers to submit their opinions and evidence to the programme via its website at







Category: News

Date: 08.12.2005
Printable version


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