news round-up 29.9.17
(Posted on 30/09/17)Share:
Secret Murder Trial Conviction Upheld:
Wang Yam has lost his appeal against conviction for the savage 2006 murder of elderly Hampstead resident Alan Chappelow.
In his last judgment before retiring, lord chief justice Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney and Mrs Justice May, said there was no basis to believe â€œnew evidence would or might reasonably have affected the juryâ€™s decision in the caseâ€.
The original trial was held in secret to protect national security â€“ a legal first â€“ as Yam, a Chinese refugee and former nuclear weapons research assistant, had turned MI6 informant. MI6 apparently argued that the evidence should never be disclosed.
New witnesses came forward in 2014 after reading about the case in the Guardian, but the appeal judges maintained that Yam had attempted to access Chappelowâ€™s bank accounts after the murder:
â€œMany actions of the person using, or attempting to use, the deceasedâ€™s identity can only be explained or understood if done by someone who knew of the death and with an interest in delaying discovery of it.â€