From the newswire:
A long-running legal battle by families expelled from their homeland islands in the Indian Ocean will be decided today at the House of Lords.
Hundreds of Chagos Islanders are expected to arrive for the ruling by the Law Lords on the Government\’s last chance to keep them from returning home.
Some 2,000 residents were forced out when the British colony was leased to the US in the 1960s to build an airbase at Diego Garcia.
The courts ruled in 2000 that the Chagossians could return to 65 of the islands, but not Diego Garcia.
In 2004, the government used the royal prerogative to nullify the rulings, but this was overturned by the High Court and Court of Appeal.
In June this year, the Government went to the House of Lords to argue that allowing the islanders to return would seriously affect defence and security.
It\’s extremely difficult to see that the Government has a leg to stand upon here. Here\’s hoping the Law Lords agree.