UK House of Lords drops 42-day detention period from anti-terror bill Joe Shaulis at 2:37 PM ET
[JURIST] The UK House of Lords on Monday rejected a proposal supported by Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official websites] to increase the amount of time authorities may detain terrorism suspects without charge. The upper house of Parliament voted 309-118 to amend an anti-terrorism bill [materials; BBC Q/A] by eliminating a highly contentious provision that would have increased the maximum period for holding uncharged suspects from 28 days to 42. Among the Lords arguing against the extension was former Attorney General Peter Goldsmith [official profile], who had written [Guardian op-ed] that the proposal is "wrong in principle and dangerous in practice." Bloomberg News has more. The Times has local coverage.
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