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1 April 2008

Extension of detention without trial remains unacceptable

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West today hit out at Government plans to extend the period in which people can be held without charge beyond 28 days.

Commenting ahead of the Second Reading of the Counter-Terrorism Bill, Mr Barrett said:

“I will fight tooth and nail against any further extension of the period in which people can be held without charge beyond 28 days. This would be deeply damaging to civil liberties, as well as counter-productive in the fight against terrorism by poisoning the trust that exists between minority communities and the security services.

“There are good elements in the bill – however, the positive innovations such as in the limited use of intercept evidence and the ability to question people after charge are currently outweighed by the Governments bloody-minded determination to extend the 28 day rule.”

 

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