Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hang on - detaining someone without trial is illegal? Well who'd have thought it?
Article 11
1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
(The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which, the last time I checked, the UK remains a signatory)

Alternatively (.pdf),
Article 6 - Right to Liberty and Security
3. Everyone arrested or detained in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1.c of this article shall be brought promptly before a judge or other officer authorised by law to exercise judicial power and shall be entitled to trial within a reasonable time or to release pending trial.
(The Council of Europe's Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, to which the UK was also, last time I checked, a signatory)

2 Comments:

Blogger Jules said...

This is just from what I vaguely remember, but I believe that there is a get out clause on grounds of national security/state of emergency etc.

I think this was one of the tactics used to try to stop the detentions, but it was not allowed in the courts.

4/12/2006 04:20:00 pm  
Anonymous Pete in Dunbar said...

"...charged with a penal offence..."

As opposed to locked up without charge, I suppose. Cunning, ain't they?

4/12/2006 09:08:00 pm  

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