Incoming British PM to reintroduce tough terror laws rejected by parliament

[JURIST] British newspapers reported Sunday that incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official profile] intends to reintroduce tough terrorism measures [Times report] previously rejected by parliament when he takes office later this month on the departure of current British PM Tony Blair. Brown has said that police should be able to detain terror suspects without charge for more than 28 days, and he has backed reinstatement of a clause in a terror bill outlawing "glorification of terrorism."

An initially proposed 90-day detention period for terror suspects was defeated in a House of Commons vote in November 2006, when current 28-day period was substituted [JURIST report] upping an original 14. In January 2006, the House of Lords rejected a proposed "glorification of terrorism" offense [JURIST report] in the planned Terrorism Bill, calling it unworkable and "not sufficiently legally certain." Brown also supports making terrorism an aggravating factor in sentencing and reviewing laws banning the use of phone tap evidence in court. AP has more.



 

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