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After a secret murder trial, a man faces decades behind bars—but has justice been done?

In 2008, Wang Yam was convicted of the murder of Allan Chappelow. But the trial took place behind closed doors, raising all sorts of questions about what justice really means. And those questions aren’t going away

By Thomas Harding  

Can a trial be fair if it is held away from the public eye? Should justice always be open, or are there legitimate exceptions such as national security? And how do you write about a secret trial when you are not allowed to report on what takes place behind closed doors?

These were the questions facing me as I started researching the murder of Allan Chappelow, an 86-year old eccentric who…

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