At 10am local time on Monday a terrorism case started here, at the Old Bailey Court in London
And you weren't supposed to know about it. Until late last week this case was known only as the crown versus AB and CD. And it was to be the first ever completely secret criminal trial in UK legal history. An unprecedented status that was only partially revoked after a legal challenge by the British press at the court of appeal. The appeal judges ruled that the names of the two defendants could be released. Eroll Incidal and Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar are charged with preparing for acts of terrorism and were arrested in October last year. But the core of the trial will still be held in secret. We spent only 10 minutes in court, hearing debate about whether journalists could stay or not -- in the end we were told to leave. Britain's public prosecutor says the secrecy is needed for national security reasons and that it will have to drop the case if it's held entirely Open. But critics say it highlights the unprecedented threat to open justice, that even politicians have called draconian Eroll Incidal and Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar both plead not guilty. The trial is estimated to run for the next three or four weeks.