UK Liberty

DPP and former AG see no need to increase detention without charge

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on November 22, 2007

The Telegraph:

Sir Ken [Director of Public Prosecutions] told the Commons home affairs select committee that he had not asked for an increase.

Lord Goldsmith [former Attorney General] said that he would have resigned in 2005 if MPs had voted for 90 days, as the Government wanted.

The BBC:

The director of public prosecutions has told MPs he will not be pressing the government for the current 28 day limit for holding suspects to be extended.

Sir Ken MacDonald said prosecutors had “managed comfortably” with 28 day detention and extending it would be based on “hypothetical” evidence.

And the Uncorrected transcript of Oral Evidence, from which comes this extremely important point made by Lord Goldsmith:

The fact that somebody has been released from detention without charge does not of course mean that the police cannot continue to investigate whether an offence has been committed by that person

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