Supreme court says UK broke law because it did not get assurance that men would not face death penalty

The government’s decision to cooperate with US authorities over the prosecution of two alleged Islamic State executioners without assurances that they will not face the death penalty, was unlawful, the supreme court has ruled.

In a unanimous judgment that will have repercussions for US/UK relations, the court’s seven justices said the home secretary’s agreement to provide evidence about El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey breached data protection rules.

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