Government proposes internment

June 8, 2007 1:57 PM

David Howarth, MP for Cambridge, has questioned Home Secretary John Reid as to the purpose of proposals to extend detention without charge beyond 28 days.

David spoke yesterday during the debate on counter terrorism in the House of Commons. He asked John Reid whether when telephone intercept evidence is admissible in court and it is possible to question suspects after they have been charged, there is any case for extending detention without charge beyond 28 days.

David commented:

"I support the use of wiretap evidence in court as well as being able to question suspects after they have been charged. These two powers together undermine any case for extending detention without charge. What the Home Secretary is proposing is preventative detention, or internment.

David Howarth MP in the House of Commons

David Howarth MP

"The Government wants to hold suspects for long periods of time without even telling them what crime they are being held for and I will continue to fight against it."

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