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(Jul 02, 2008) On June 11, 2008, a bill to extend the time period that terrorist suspects can be held without charge to gather evidence for criminal cases was passed by a narrow majority in the House of Commons. The counter-terrorism bill extends the period of pre-charge detention from 28 days to 42. The extension must be approved by a judicial authority and renewed every seven days, up to a maximum of forty two. The bill must now pass through the House of Lords. (Counter-Terrorism Bill, HL 65, 2007-8, available at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldbills/065/08065.i-v.html; Counter-Terrorism Bill, http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2007-08/counterterrorism.html (last visited July 2, 2008); see also 4 W.L.B. 2008.)

Author: Clare Feikert-Ahalt More by this author
Topic: Crime and law enforcement More on this topic
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 07/02/2008