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Legal News
17 Mar 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UK's Metropolitan Police Service [official website] on Thursday confirmed the arrest of a 46-year-old Peruvian national on suspicion of crimes against humanity and torture. He is suspected of involvement with the Shining Path [backgrounder], a Maoist guerilla organization, believed to be responsible for the deaths … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The UK government's independent reviewer of terror laws on Thursday published a report [text, PDF] saying that rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] made it difficult to remove foreign terror suspects from Britain. Control orders [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive], created by the Prevention … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson [official profile] said Wednesday that the government will conduct a review of the control order [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive] house arrest system in light of a June Law Lords ruling [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] requiring the government to let detainees know generally what … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Britain's Justice Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] on Tuesday proposed expanded laws [press release] that would allow British authorities to prosecute non-resident individuals suspected of war crimes. With the proposed changes, individuals who currently live in the UK, but are not residents, may be prosecuted for war crimes or … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official profile] announced Monday that the British government will not be establishing a central government database [press release] to keep records of phone calls, emails, and Internet activity, instead leaving that job to private communications providers. The British government abandoned the central database approach … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The UK government's independent reviewer of terror laws on Sunday called for a judicial inquiry into British complicity in US rendition and torture. The reviewer, Lord Carlile of Berriew [Times profile; JURIST news archive], specifically cited the case of Binyam Mohamed [JURIST news archive], the British resident who alleges … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Some terror suspects living under control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have managed to maintain contact with terror cells, the UK's counter-terrorism law ombudsman said in his fourth annual report [text, PDF] Tuesday. Lord Carlile of Berriew [JURIST news archive] found that even though in most instances a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The British government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown has decided to drop from its immediate legislative agenda a controversial security database bill that would have required telecoms to keep records of all domestic phone calls, e-mails and Internet activity, according to British press reports Friday. The Communications Database Bill … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A proposed anti-terror bill [BBC backgrounder] that would allow British law enforcement authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days [JURIST news archive] should not be passed as it could set a bad precedent for other countries, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The British House of Commons approved an order [text] Thursday extending until March 2009 provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 [HO materials] regarding control orders, which impose restrictions on uncharged terror suspects. The measure was approved by a margin of 267-60. The UK's counter-terrorism law ombudsman said … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] imposing restrictions on uncharged suspects under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 [UK Home Office materials] should not exceed two years in duration except under extraordinary circumstances, the UK's counter-terrorism law ombudsman said in his third annual report [PDF text; press release] … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official profile] on Thursday proposed [press release; HO materials] extending the current time limit for the detention of terrorist suspects before charges are filed to 42 days, up from the current limit of 28 days. Smith's proposal follows statements made last June by former … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] There are approximately 2000 suspected terrorists living in Great Britain, up from last year's estimate of 1600, UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official website] said Tuesday. She recommended that legislators pass new terror laws to allow police to hold uncharged terror suspects beyond the current 28 day limit. Prime … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] proposed a number of changes [PDF text; press release] to UK anti-terror laws in a statement to the House of Commons Thursday, calling for longer pre-charge detention of terror suspects, "enhanced" sentences, allowing electronic intercepts as evidence, and institution of "stop and … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] UK government terrorism law watchdog Lord Carlile of Berriew [party profile] Tuesday warned against the country opting out of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) [PDF text] in the process of adopting tougher anti-terrorism legislation [JURIST report] and expanding the scope of control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2007
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] A UK special court ruled on Friday that two Libyan men suspected of involvement in terrorist activities could not be deported to Libya [JURIST news archive], overriding an agreement between the two governments. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission [backgrounder] ordered [order text, PDF] the two men released on bail, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website; JURIST news archive] said in a report [text] issued Sunday that so-called control orders [BBC backgrounder] issued by the government to limit the movement and conduct of uncharged terror suspects violate the European Convention on Human Rights [text] and … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Archbishop of York John Sentamu [official website; BBC profile] criticized the British government Monday for its latest effort to extend the current 28-day maximum detention period for terror suspects [JURIST report]. UK Home Secretary John Reid said last week that in light of the complexity of the investigation of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official website; Guardian profile] spoke out Monday against a proposal by Prime Minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archive] to extend the 28-day limit on police detentions of terrorism suspects who have not been charged. Goldsmith, the government's chief legal adviser, said during a media … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2006
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] UK independent anti-terror law reviewer Lord Carlile [party profile] warned British lawmakers Thursday against "rushing" to extend the country's 28-day limit [JURIST report] on police detentions of terror suspects without charge. London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair [official profile] suggested an extension [JURIST report] of the limit in … [read more]

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