Letter: Justice first

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Sir: Whilst Jack Straw is to be applauded on his decision over Pinochet, it is also worth noting the irony of William Hague's intended condemnation of this decision to the effect that it is not in Britain's interest.

It is precisely because it is not in our interest that it is the right decision, implicitly affirming that the impartiality of law comes before anyone's interest.

It seems many Tories are quite incapable of seeing that Britain's (business) interests are not the central issue, but that of justice.

For those who argue for clemency and a tempering of justice with mercy or wisdom - by all means, but only when the course of justice has been completed; not by tampering with it beforehand in order to deny it.

DOMINIC KIRKHAM

Manchester

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