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October 2013

It is not a breach of right to private life for Police to take DNA samples from former criminals for the investigation of crime

The applicant had been convicted previously of serious offences. At the time of his arrest, prosecution and conviction, it was not established practice for police to obtain and store DNA samples of offenders. In light of his previous convictions, police asked the applicant to provide a DNA sample. This sample was to be compared to other DNA material held by police in an attempt to make progress in unsolved cases. The applicant refused to provide a sample.

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Criminal Law

Containment of pro-Palestinian demonstrators by Police was lawful

This case related to a pro-Palestinian demonstration that took place close to a seminar commemorating 60 years of British diplomatic relations with Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister was scheduled to be in attendance at the seminar.

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Criminal Law

Judge rules Muslim woman must remove Niqaab when giving evidence to the Court

The Crown Court in England has ruled that a Muslim woman, a defendant in criminal proceedings, must remove her Niqaab, a full veil, when giving her evidence to the Court and the jury.

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Criminal Law

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