Jack Straw quietly revives secret inquest plan months after idea was ditched following row

Jack Straw was under fire last night after quietly reviving plans to hold secret investigations into controversial deaths.

The Justice Secretary abandoned proposals to hold inquests in private earlier this year in the face of overwhelming opposition.

But clauses buried in the Coroners and Justice Bill still allow for an inquest to be suspended and a ‘secret inquiry’ held in its place.

Campaigners fear the rules could apply to cover up embarrassing military ‘friendly-fire deaths’ or police shootings of innocent victims such as Jean Charles de Menezes, who was killed in 2005 after being wrongly identified as a terrorist.

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