UK Home Secretary limits terror detention bill Deirdre Jurand at 2:49 PM ET
[JURIST] A proposed UK anti-terror bill [materials; BBC Q/A] that would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days [JURIST news archive] has been amended to only apply in cases of "grave and exceptional" terrorist threats, UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said [BBC Radio 4 recorded audio] Tuesday. Current British law authorizes detention without charge for 28 days [JURIST report], but bill proponents have argued that this time-limit endangers national security. Under the amended measure, British law enforcement authorities could only detain terror suspects past the old limit if there is an immediate threat of terrorism, if Parliament approves the longer holding within seven days of detention, and if the judiciary considers the case. The Guardian has more.
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