Thursday, January 20, 2011

Coalition halves pre-charge detention time for terror suspects

One bit of good news this morning - the BBC reports that the power to hold terrorism suspects for 28 days without charge is to lapse, reverting to 14 days.

It's still at least 10 days too long but it's a long way from the 90 days Labour tried to introduce. Imagine being held for 3 months without even being charged!

This is just part of the much needed rebalancing between liberty and security that Nick Clegg talked about the other week and a very welcome development.

The full review of terrorism powers, including the future of control orders, will be revealed next Wednesday. We'll see how that goes, but today's welcome news is definitely a step in the right direction.

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