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28 Day Terrorism Detention Without Charge or Trial

Comment 27th July 2010

The government's 28 day detention for Terrorism without charge or trial is unacceptable.

Britain has the longest period of detention without charge or trial anywhere in the world and this legislation has often been misused and abused by the police and other statutory authorities and that is a flagrant abuse of power and curtailment of civil liberties.

Why does this matter?

The time any individual can be held by police for questioning without charge or trial must not exceed similar anti-terrorism legislation anywhere else in the world.

This Terrorism legislation has often been abused and this must also be curbed, I am minded of the incident where a man of 75 years, a staunch Labour Party supporter was arrested using terrorism legislation for heckling the then Prime Minister at a party conference.

Why does Britain need the longest period of police detention under terrorism legislation anywhere in the world?

It is entirely unjustifiable.


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