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Terror detentions ‘too long’

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on November 13, 2007

Terrorism suspects can be held for longer without charge in Britain than anywhere else in Europe and five times longer than in countries with questionable human rights records, research has found.

Architects to ‘design out terrorism’
Police can detain suspects for 28 days, 16 days more than Australia, which has the second longest detention period.

The survey by Liberty, the human rights watchdog, comes as ministers prepare to decide what the detention period should be increased to.

Britain’s limit for holding suspects was compared with 15 other countries. Detectives in Turkey are given 7.5 days, while those in France have six days. Suspects in Russia can be held for only five days.

Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, said: “Many of these countries face similar challenges from international terrorism to here. Spain suffered the Madrid bombings, they have five days, and there wasn’t a great big row about pre-charge detention there.”

She added: “Ministers have rightly lectured Burma and Pakistan about their records, but human rights, like charity, begins at home.”

Liberty wants ministers to copy methods from abroad, including charging suspects with lesser crimes while investigating more serious offences.

The Home Office said it would consider the report “carefully”.

Human Rights and Constitutional Rights don’t apply to terrorists.


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  1. Elizabeth said, on November 13, 2007 at 6:10 am

    “Human Rights and Constitutional Rights don’t apply to terrorists.”
    I’m inclined to agree. People who commit these horrific acts don’t deserve rights.

  2. Patrick Truax said, on November 13, 2007 at 6:35 am

    Not to mention the fact that these murders usually arent citizens of the countries they are claiming rights from! Look what the ACLU is trying to do in Gitmo..

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