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A justified campaign

If Liberty's report comparing pre-charge detention periods across countries was "campaigning zeal," I make no apology for it

By Shami Chakrabarti   December 2007

Liberty recently published a study that demonstrated that Britain’s current 28-day limit on pre-charge detention is much longer than in 15 comparable democracies around the world, based on advice from leading lawyers and academics. Alex Carlile, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, dismisses this research as “mere campaigning zeal.”

Yet Carlile’s article actually demonstrates just how far the few remaining supporters of longer pre-charge detention have to go to justify any extension beyond 28 days. Faced with the fact that the US constitution limits pre-charge detention to just two days, Carlile’s response is that the British government’s proposal is not…

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