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Return to maximum of three days detention without charge

Comment 26th July 2010

Until recently three days was the maximum period a person could be held without charge. It is an affront to human rights for anyone to be held for longer than this regardless of the offence they may be suspected of.  Current legislation allowing police to hold terrorist suspects for 40 days without charge must be repealed.

Why does this matter?

Three days has been adequate for a hundred years and more – even during the IRA campaigns. In is inhuman and unjust to hold anyone for longer than this without charging them with a specific offence. In this country everyone is presumed innocent until found guilty. The current law undermines this.

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