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42-day detention gets thrown out

Issue No. 2123

One aspect of New Labour’s attacks on civil liberties crashed to the ground this week when the government was forced to abandon its plans for interning people for up to 42 days without charge.

The scale of opposition to the government’s attacks on our rights meant that the measure couldn’t get enough support to get through the House of Lords.

But the police can still detain people without charge for a draconian 28-day period. And the home secretary has threatened to “fast track” any future extensions to the detention time limit.


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Tue 14 Oct 2008, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2123
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