Legal threat over detentions bill – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Plans to extend the limit on detaining terror suspects without charge to 42 days could face an Equality and Human Rights Commission court challenge.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government is in touch – Smith – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has dismissed claims by a fellow minister that the government is out of touch.”

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BBC News, 30th March 2008

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Leading cultural figures attack folly of 42-day detention limit – The Independent

Posted March 31st, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“The spy writer John Le Carré, the actors Colin Firth and Patrick Stewart, the novelist Iain Banks, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and professor of philosophy A C Grayling are among a group of leading figures from the arts and academia who have written to Gordon Brown to oppose the extension of pre-charge detention to 42 days for terrorist suspects.”

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The Independent, 31st March 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government response to coroners’ recommendations following the deaths of Gareth Myatt and Adam Rickwood – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 28th, 2008 in detention, inquests, press releases, young offenders by sally

“Jack Straw has made a written ministerial statement on the government’s response to coroners’ recommendations following inquests into the deaths of two teenagers at secure training centres.”

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Ministry of Justice, 27th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Woman’s “cell hell” after yob row – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2008 in assault, detention, news by sally

“A woman who told a gang of swearing teenage girls to be quiet spent 16 hours in a police cell after being falsely accused of assault.”

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BBC News, 25th March 2008

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MPs to vote on terror bill after May polls – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2008 in detention, news, sentencing by sally

“Legislation raising the time limit for which terror suspects may be detained without charge from 28 days to 42 is to get its delayed Commons second reading on April 1, the leader of the house, Harriet Harman, is expected to announce today. The new timetable for the government’s counter-terrorism bill is likely to mean that key votes on the time limit – when ministers will face a backbench rebellion at report stage – will take place after the May local elections.”

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The Guardian, 20th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Hundreds of custody ‘near deaths’ – BBC News

Posted March 12th, 2008 in detention, news, police, self-harm by sally

“About 1,000 detainees are involved each year in incidents that result in serious illness or self-harm while in police custody, a report has suggested.”

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BBC News, 12th March 2008

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British island ‘used by US for rendition’ – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism, torture by sally

“Britain’s denials that its territories have been used for ‘extraordinary rendition’ were dramatically undermined last night after the United Nations claimed that Diego Garcia has been used as a detention centre to hold US suspects.”

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The Guardian, 2nd March

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government challenges compensation ruling on wrongly accused pilot – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2008 in appeals, compensation, detention, news, terrorism by sally

“The government today lodged an appeal in the case of an Algerian pilot who was wrongly accused of training some of the September 11 hijackers.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No Arabic staff at jail “creating risks” – Reuters

Posted February 27th, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“A lack of Muslim and Arabic-speaking staff at a jail that detains terrorism suspects is creating a security risk because they could not understand what inmates were discussing, a government report revealed on Wednesday.”

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Reuters, 27th February 2008

Source: www.reuters.com

Terror remands over 28 days will be rare, minister tells rebel MPs – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“The government attempted to reach out to Labour rebels yesterday by saying there was ‘no compelling evidence’ for a permanent extension of the time terrorist suspects could be held without charge to beyond 28 days.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home secretary makes concession in terror detention row – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Jacqui Smith is to offer a concession to backbench Labour MPs in an attempt to avoid a damaging rebellion against the government’s plans to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge: Britain has lost control of its borders – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2008 in deportation, detention, immigration, news by sally

“A judge yesterday bemoaned Britain’s loss of border controls ‘for the first time since 1066’ and the deportation centres set up to cope with the result.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (G) v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police – Times Law Reports

Posted February 21st, 2008 in detention, law reports, police by sally

Regina (G) v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police

Court of Appeal

“A custody officer who had determined that he had sufficient evidence to charge a suspect with the offence for which he had been arrested had no power to detain the suspect in custody for the purpose of enabling a crown prosecutor to decide whether or not the suspect should be charged.”

The Times, 21st February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Pleae note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Inmates “at risk” in police cells – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2008 in detention, health & safety, news by sally

“The health and safety of prisoners is being jeopardised by putting them in ill-equipped cells at police stations and courts, doctors’ leaders have said.”

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BBC News, 20th February 2008

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R (Raissi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted February 19th, 2008 in compensation, detention, judicial review, law reports, terrorism by sally

R (Raissi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 72; [2008] WLR (D) 49

“The court was entitled to decide the meaning of a ministerial policy introducing an ex gratia compensation scheme. The purpose of the policy in question was to compensate those who had spent a period in custody resulting from a serious default on the part of a police officer or some other public authority, such as the Crown Prosecution Service. It was not limited to a period in custody following a wrongful conviction or charge, but applied to a person detained for the purpose of extradition proceedings where there had been serious default by the CPS or the police.”

WLR Daily, 18th February 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

R (G) v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police – WLR Daily

Posted February 7th, 2008 in detention, law reports, police by sally

R (G) v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2008] EWCA Civ 28; [2008] WLR (D) 35

“A custody officer who had determined that he had sufficient evidence to charge a suspect with the offence for which he had been arrested had no power to detain the suspect in custody for the purpose of enabling a Crown Prosecutor to decide whether or not the suspect should be charged.”

WLR Daily, 6th February 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Saadi v United Kingdom – Times Law Reports

Posted February 4th, 2008 in asylum, detention, human rights, reasons by sally

Saadi v United Kingdom (Application No 13229/03)

European Court of Human Rights

“A delay of 76 hours in providing reasons for the detention of an asylum seeker was not compatible with article 5.2 of the European Convention on Human Rights that such reasons should be given promptly.”

The Times, 4th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Freedom Of Information: Government blocks access to secret military papers on Diego Garcia – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2008 in armed forces, detention, freedom of information, special report, terrorism by sally

“The role of the British-owned Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia in the detention of terror suspects remains unproven. There may be more to know, says Robert Verkaik, Law Editor.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Asylum-seekers awaiting EU court ruling on detention – The Independent

Posted January 28th, 2008 in asylum, detention, news by sally

“Thousands of asylum-seekers who are routinely detained in fast-track removal centres while their claims are being considered by the Home Office could win the right to freedom when judges in Europe deliver a landmark ruling tomorrow.”

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The Independent, 28th January 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk