School of Law

Evidence given on draft detention of terrorist suspects

12 April 2011 |

The government should have the courage of its convictions by limiting detention for terror suspects to 14 days without feeling the need to wave the shroud of a return to 28 days' detention.

That was the message given by Professor Clive Walker (School of Law) to the Joint Committee on the Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills in a hearing on 4 April, 2011. He argued that there are sufficient protections through other legal measures and extra funding for the police, security services, and prosecutors to give confidence that liberty should not be put at further risk. Detention beyond 14 days has not in fact been applied since 2007.

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