Take politicians out of prosecution decisions - Lib Dems

July 26, 2007 11:09 AM

David Howarth, Shadow Solicitor General for the Liberal Democrats, has demanded a major reform of the role of the Attorney General.

Mr Howarth's demand came on the day that the Solicitor General, Vera Baird, announced a consultation into the Attorney General's role.

Mr Howarth commented:

"Following the concerns over the decision to end the prosecution of BAE Systems over the Al-Yamamah and the prosecution decisions on the cash for honours affair, reform of the role of the attorney general is long overdue."

David Howarth MP in the House of Commons

David Howarth MP

"Politicians should be entirely taken out of individual prosecution decisions. General policy guidance is obviously acceptable as long as it is made openly and publicly but never again should we have a politician be in a position to decide whether or not a prosecution should go ahead, we cannot allow the BAE Systems situation to reoccur."

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