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The right to remain silent & the presumption of innocence

Comment 3rd July 2010

The removal of these rights may be the most undemocratic changes to the law in this country for centuries.

We just need to look back at the harm they did in Ulster in the past to see why we need to fix these sort of problems here and now.

Why does this matter?

If someone chooses to say noting on being arrested, that proves nothing.  Perhaps they are not happy at being arrested. 

Courts shold decide whether someone is innocent/guilty or harmless/dangerous.  The length of time police can hold people without charge is horrifying and anti democratic.

It does not make me safer that someone else can be picked up off the street because someone unknown thinks they may be "bad".  Proof should be required, even if that proof is only shown to a judge.

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