[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposed terrorism law [text; BBC backgrounder] faced stiff opposition when it reached the House of Lords [official website] Monday. Conservative leader Lord Strathclyde has vowed peers will look at the controversial legislation on "a line by line basis" and some lords indicated that they will move to include a 90-day detention period for terror suspects. The provision authorizing the detention of terror suspects without charge for up to 90 days was defeated [JURIST report] in the House of Commons [official website] earlier this month after Liberal Democrats and rebel members of the Labour party dismissed Blair's challenge that they had a "duty" to support the police, and instead backed a compromise detention period of 28 days. Under current law [Criminal Justice Act 2003, amending the Terrorism Act 2000], terror suspects can be held for 14 days before they must be either charged or released. Home Office Minister Baroness Scotland said Monday that the government will not back any new attempts to raise the time limit back to 90 days. BBC News has more.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- British government holds line on 90-day terror detentions
- Blair urges MPs to keep 90-day detention limit despite calls for compromise
- UK government wards off terror law amendment by one vote
- UK terror bill passes first Commons vote
- UK chief justice, PM clash over terror law interpretations
- UK government rethinking provisions of anti-terror proposal
- Blair spars with rights groups over tougher UK anti-terror laws