Monday, December 17, 2007

On that pre-charge detention matter...

This is such good news. I wrote about giving evidence at the Committee here, and as background, see here and here and here in my last Sunday Times piece). I said at the time that I didn't think the Home Affairs Committee was buying the Government's argument. They weren't.

The BBC confirms it

The home affairs committee said there was no evidence to support extending it and suggested other changes such as allowing phone-tap evidence in court.

Ministers have proposed extending the current 28-day limit to 42 days.

Shadow home secretary David Davis said the committee's report "decimated" the argument for doing so.

The Home Affairs Committee report is here ( PDF)

Meanwhile...

A day after an MPs' committee ruled there was no evidence to support an extension from 28 to 42 days, a joint committee of MPs and peers has agreed.

The joint committee on human rights (JCHR) also said proposed safeguards in the plan would be "virtually useless"

Fingers crossed...

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