The government’s cooperation over the US trial of two Isis suspects undermines British justice, even if it has been forced to temporarily suspend it

I shuddered at the news that Japan has finally hanged the remaining six sarin killers of 1995, as well as their leader. It was not the ghoulishness that dismayed me, but the return to fashion of execution under the guise of counterterrorism. Capital punishment has long been a populist cause. Four years ago, a majority of Britons still supported its return, and even now public opinion is balanced.

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