UK politicians question broad new anti-terror proposal

UK politicians question broad new anti-terror proposal

[JURIST] British politicians on Tuesday questioned a proposal that would allow the government to hold terrorism suspects for up to three months without charge [JURIST report]. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) [official website] has asked that the period be extended [press release] from the current maximum of 14 days to 90 days as part of new initiatives to fight terrorism. Members of both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties expressed doubts about the proposed extension, with Conservative leader Michael Howard telling reporters that he felt three months was "a long time to hold someone without charge, and possibly just release them after that." The opposition leaders also said that they were willing to work out differences and reaffirmed their solidarity in combatting terrorism. CBC News has more.