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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1440: tabled on 23 January 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 23 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh's 1996 convictions for conspiracy in relation to the 1994 bombings at the Israeli Embassy and Balfour House have been widely questioned; further notes Amnesty International's concerns that they were denied the right to a fair trial; further notes that the prosecution scenario of an `intelligence vacuum' contrasts with the Israeli and British authorities receiving prior warnings about imminent attacks by parties unrelated to Samar or Jawad; further notes the repeated use of public interest immunity certificates to withhold evidence; calls on the Government to re-open the investigation and release the evidence so justice is done and seen to be done; is concerned at the Home Secretary's decision in December 2005 not to grant parole to Jawad; understands seven reports were prepared by the prison and probation services and by a psychologist with political expertise of which six reports assessed Jawad to be suitable for parole and one made no recommendation but deferred to the political expert's reports both of which recommended parole; further notes that the political expert concluded Jawad represents the `moderate Palestinian viewpoint'; and that representations were received from the Palestinian Authority leadership that Jawad presents no risk and his release will assist the prospects for the peace process; believes that winning the war on terror and this country's reputation for fairness and justice amongst its allies in the `moderate' Palestinian and Arab communities are ill-served by refusing release in these circumstances; and calls on the Government to release Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh on parole.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.