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Terror detention limit reverts to 14 days

  • Published: Monday, 24 January 2011

From tomorrow (25 January), the length of time a terror suspect can be held without charge will revert to 14 days, down from 28 days at present.

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Speaking in the House of Commons, Immigration Minister Damian Green said that the government will not extend the time limit a terror suspect can be held without charge.

This means that from 25 January, a terror suspect can be held for a maximum of 14 days before being charged or released. At present, terror suspects can be held for up to 28 days without being charged.

Damian Green said: "We are clear that 14 days should be the norm and that the law should reflect this. However, we will place draft, emergency legislation in the House library to extend the maximum period to 28 days to prepare for the very exceptional circumstances when a longer period may be required."

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