Court of Appeals Directions Hearing set for 15 March 2017

R v Wang Yam

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has listed a directions hearing for Wang Yam at 10.30 am on 15 March 2017 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

In April 2016, the case was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. In their press release the CCRC stated that:

'The referral is based on new evidence relating to the failure by police to reveal to the Crown Prosecution Service, and consequently to deprive Mr Yam’s defence of, material which might have assisted the defence and /or undermined the prosecution case.'

The hearing on 15 March 2017 follows on from an earlier directions hearing at the Court of Appeal in November 2016, during which Wang Yam's defence lawyers asked to be given access to the secret material connected with the in camera trial. Since then, the defence team has been granted security clearance and been given access to the material. 

During the Court of Appeal hearing on 15 March, it is possible that the defence will ask to widen the grounds for appeal. It is also expected that the court will set a date for the Court of Appeal review of Wang Yam's verdict, as suggested by the CCRC.