R (on the application of K and others) v Secretary of State for Defence and others

Practice – Interim remedy. The claimants asserted that they were recruited by British forces in Afghanistan as covert human intelligence sources (CHIS). In the instant urgent application for interim relief, they sought orders that the defendants take all steps necessary to provide them with secure accommodation in Afghanistan and associated living expenses. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, rejected the application based on the claimants' private law claims. Further, the government's policy concerning support locally employed staff did not apply to the very different position of CHIS and the British state had had no jurisdiction over the claimants with respect to their claim based on the European Convention on Human Rights.

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