Tuesday, 5 August 2008

42 Days Detention - prejudicing trials.

The Lords constitution committee has produced a report in which it finds the extension to 42 Days Detention to be "muddled": "Far from being a system of checks and balances, this is a recipe for confusion that places on Parliament tasks that it cannot effectively fulfil and arguably risks undermining the rights of fair trial for the individuals concerned."

It strikes me that if you are a suspected terrorist, and the police and the government request that your detention without charge is extended to 42 days, then they are saying "we are pretty damn sure this person is guilty and we need more time to prove it" Such action would automatically prejudice your trial. Also, how can parliament decide whether to grant an extension without being privy to the facts of the case? It's a farce.

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