La Cour suprême de Grande-Bretagne a rejeté l’appel d’Olivier Bancoult contre le Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Le  jugement a été  rendu à la mi-journée à une majorité de trois contre deux, dont deux Dissenting Judgments de Lord Kerr et de Lady Hale. Le leader du Groupement des Réfugiés des Chagos avait interjeté appel contre un jugement de la House of Lords car Londres avait dissimulé des documents portant sur une précédente étude de faisabilité sur le Resettlement des Chagossiens dans leur archipel natal.
“As to the non-disclosure, the essential questions are (i) whether due disclosure of the Rashid documents would have led to a challenge by Mr Bancoult’s representatives to the 2B report in the original judicial review proceedings, and, if so, (ii) whether it is likely that such a challenge would have resulted in a different outcome to the 2008 judgment”, note le jugement de la Cour suprême.
Dans le jugement majoritaire, Lord Mance avance que “assuming without deciding that (i) was satisfied, Lord Mance concludes as to (ii), after reviewing the 2008 judgment [16-19] and the Rashid documents [20-64], that there is no probability, likelihood, prospect or real possibility that a court would have seen, or would now see, anything which could, would or should have caused the respondent to doubt the conclusions of the 2B report, or made it irrational or otherwise unjustifiable to act on them in June 2004”.
Dans le jugement minoritaire, Lord Kerr est arrivé à la conclusion que « it is enough for there to be a real possibility that a different outcome would have occurred had the information been available at the time of the original hearing . The Rashid documents might well have caused the 2008 Decision to be different”
Rappelons que lors de la PNQ d’hier le Premier ministre avait fait part des indications que la Cour suprême n’allait pas donner raison aux Chagossiens.