Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The power of language ... to obscure

The following is a quote from the legal section of today's Times

The Immigration Appeal Tribunal failed to justify upholding an adjudicator's flawed decision that a Nepalese police officer, having been terrorised by Maoist insurgents into leaving his job in Nepal and fleeing to the United Kingdom, had failed to establish a well founded fear of persecution should he be returned to Nepal.

A (metaphorical) prize goes to the first person who manages to express in language that the man on the Clapham Omnibus might hope to understand what exactly that sentence is about.

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