Bri­tain’s arms ex­ports to Saudi ‘law­ful’: Court

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Bri­tain’s High Court ruled yes­ter­day that UK arms ex­ports to Saudi Ara­bia are not un­law­ful, af­ter cam­paign­ers ar­gued the weapons were used to vi­o­late in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law in bomb­ing Ye­men. “We have con­cluded that the ma­te­rial de­ci­sions of the sec­re­tary of state were law­ful. We there­fore dis­miss the claim,” Lord Jus­tice Bur­nett said at the court in Lon­don. He added it was not es­tab­lished that there was “a clear risk that the items might be used in the com­mis­sion of a se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law”. Half the ev­i­dence pre­sented in the case was heard in se­cret af­ter the gov­ern­ment ar­gued it could not be heard in public for na­tional se­cu­rity rea­sons.

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