Thursday, September 21, 2006

Courts set to allow wiretap evidence

Lord GoldsmithThe Attorney-General Lord Goldsmith has called for the lifting of the ban on the use of wiretap evidence in court. He seems to have overcome objections from GCHQ and MI6 that their surveillance techniques could be compromised (even though the FBI does not seem to have this problem in the US, and will certainly use similar technology).

This policy was one of the key recommendations of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, who said it would obviate the need for extended pre-charge detention. The chances of the government implementing that side of the equation are of course miniscule.

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