UK: Parliamentary Joint Human Rights Committee report: Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights (Eighth Report): Counter-Terrorism Bill


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The Committee rejects 42-day pre-charge detention period for terrorism suspects and proposes alternative procedures and it highly critical of the proposal for the state to appoint special coroners and for inquests to be held without a jury. Chair of the Committee, Andrew Dismore MP, said:

"We are seriously alarmed at the prospect that under these provisions inquests into deaths occurring in circumstances like that of Jean Charles de Menezes, or British servicemen killed by US forces in Iraq, could be held by a coroner appointed by the Secretary of State sitting without a jury. Inquests must be, and be seen to be, totally independent, and in public to secure accountability, with involvement of the next of kin to protect their legitimate interests. When someone dies in distressing, high profile circumstances their family need to see and feel that justice is being done, and where state authorities are involved there is a national interest in accountability as well."

 

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