Friday, June 06, 2008

Detention for 42 days just doesn't add up

"What seems to have happened is that early on in his premiership Mr Brown took a punt on a number — an arbitrary 42 days — and is now stuck with it. The policy was fixed on the basis of an ill-conceived political objective — tough on terror — and not on the basis of the evidence or any proper consultation. Consequently, the principles now invoked by the Prime Minister seem almost absurd." —Prof. Philippe Sands QC

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