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  • (Hearing in private)

  • For good reason, this evidence is being heard in circumstances that, although the witness's account will be provided orally, it will not be screened visually either to the marquee or to the public. I make that order having regard to all the circumstances of the case.

    I add only this: the public might be concerned that although the Inquiry was due to start at 10 o'clock, it is now 10.30. In fact, the Inquiry has been engaged upon issues of law heard in private since 9.30.

    Thank you very much.

  • Sir, good morning. Can I just confirm that the audio feed is coming through? Thank you.

    Can Mr Mahmood be sworn, please.