Ex-UK attorney general warns against 42-day detention without charge limit Deirdre Jurand at 1:10 PM ET
[JURIST] Former attorney general for England and Wales Lord Peter Goldsmith [profile] said Sunday in a Telegraph op-ed that extending the time for which terror suspects can be detained by British police without charge from 28 to 42 days would be an abandonment of the Britain's fundamental principles [op-ed text]. Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official website] has continued his support of the controversial proposed anti-terror bill [BBC backgrounder] that would allow for the increased detention time, but the bill has faced serious opposition [JURIST report] from MPs and human rights groups. Goldsmith echoed some of their concerns, writing that giving away critical liberties, such as the right not to be arbitrarily held without charge, destroys societal values and even free societies themselves. Some Labour backbenchers say they might move to have Brown replaced [PA report] over his handling of the 42-day extension and other issues, and the government has recently offered to include more safeguards [BBC report] in the bill, such as requiring police to apply for the extension within 30 days of a major terror incident. The Telegraph has more.
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