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Longer terrorist detentions
The Joint Select Committee to go beyond the current 28
on Human Rights in the British day maximum in the near
parliament has added its voice future. We are astonished and
last month to the growing extremely disappointed that
opposition to the government’s the Government have failed
controversial plans to increase even to consider our proposed
pr- charge detentions from 28 alternative,” he said.
days to six weeks. Press reports have suggested
Extending the pre-charge that the government is heading
detention limit for terrorism for defeat over the proposal
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suspects to 42 days is “wholly because of the extent of
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unnecessary”, the cross-party opposition from Conservative
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group of MPs and peers said. and Liberal Democrat MPs as
Committee chairman Andrew well as among Labour rebels
Dismore warned that the threatening to vote against the
government had failed to extension plans.
“ We are astonished and extremely
produce any evidence to support Attempts to extend pre-charge
the extension, which is due to be detentions to 90 days resulted
disappointed that the Government have
debated in a new terrorism bill in former prime minister Tony failed even to consider our proposed
this month. Blair suffering his first defeat in
alternative,” Andrew Dismore - Human Rights Committee
“Human rights law itself the House of Commons in 2005,
imposes a duty on the state to when a comprise was agreed to of measures, which he said to enable police to continue
protect people from terrorism. increase the term from 14 days his committee believed their investigation of those
This can be done in a human to its present 28 days. would be more effective in deemed not to pose a risk
rights compliant way as we have Dismore said that he would protecting the public. to public safety and allowing
demonstrated,” Dismore said. be tabling amendments to the The alternative measures post-charge questioning of
“Not only have we found terrorism bill and to enable MPs to include ending the ban on suspects.
no clear evidence of a need consider an alternative package granting bail in terror cases
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