Sunday, 4 February 2007

John Reid - 28 Day Limit Extension

Home Secretary John Reid wants to extend the 28-day limit on holding terrorism suspects without charge.
Police chiefs have told Mr Reid that gathering evidence from computer hard-drives, mobile phone records and various fake identities means they need more time.
The Government's attempt to extend the limit to 90 days in 2005 was opposed by Tories, Lib Dems and 49 rebel Labour MPs.

Shami Chakrabarti head of civil rights group Liberty, said: "we would urge the government to think again and very seriously before taking such a dangerous step. It will add to the sense of injustice and resentment, providing terrorist recruiters with the ammunition they seek."

Shadow home secretary David Davis said "we will consider any new evidence, but it was not sufficient simply to re-address the issue because of a new terrorism scare."

Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg said the evidense for an extension had to be "overwhelming and concrete. A lack of police resources should not be used as an excuse to further breach the all-important principle that charges must be brought as quickly as possible."

Q. Should the 28-day limit on holding terrorism suspects without charge be extended?

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