Straw drops secret inquest plans

Hooray! According to BBC NEWS,

The government is dropping plans to hold secret inquests without juries, Justice Secretary Jack Straw has said.

In a Commons written statement, Mr Straw said the move did not command the necessary cross-party support, despite earlier government concessions.

It was included in the Coroners and Justice Bill earlier this year to cover cases involving sensitive information.

Civil liberties groups who feared cases like that of Jean Charles de Menezes would be affected, welcomed the move.

The government had argued that in some cases inquests should be held in private for national security, crime prevention or diplomatic reasons.