Andrew Mitchell says in letter to justice secretary that closed trials are being used to hide state wrongdoing

A former Conservative chief whip is demanding that the government implements an overdue review of secret courts, warning that they are being used to “hide embarrassing evidence of state wrongdoing”.

Andrew Mitchell has written to the justice secretary, Robert Buckland, asking to start the assessment, which was promised for 2018 at the time the system was introduced in 2013.

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