Newspapers to challenge plan to hold murder trial in secret

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Seven newspapers, including The Times, are to lodge a challenge today to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s move to have a murder trial  held in secret.

The unpredecented move surrounds the murder trial of Wang Yam, 45, of Hampstead, northwest London, who is accused of killing author Allan Chappelow in June 2006.

 Smith has signed a “public interest immunity” certificate to have some or all of the trial held in camera.

An application will be made by the Crown Prosecution Service today before Mr Justice Ouseley at the Central Criminal Court.

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