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May 2014

Those detained under Schedule 7 must be allowed to speak to a Solicitor in person

In another court case, Elosta v Chief Commissioner of the Metropolis [2013] EWHC 3397, the High Court in England held that a person detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 has the right to speak to a Solicitor in person before answering questions.

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Criminal Law

Activist working for Reprieve challenges detention powers under Schedule 7

In another incident, a human rights campaigner is taking legal action against the Home Secretary and Sussex Police. Baraa Shiban, who works for Reprieve, was travelling to London to attend a meeting organised by Chatham House. He was detained under Schedule 7 and questioned.

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Criminal Law

Men allegedly tortured by Saudi authorities cannot make a claim for compensation to Strasbourg

In 2001 a number of bomb attacks took place in Saudi Arabia, including in the capital Riyadh. 4 UK nationals – Ron Jones, Alexander Mitchell, William Sampson and Leslie Walker, were arrested in relation to separate bomb attacks. All 4 claim that they were tortured over a significant period of time. Eventually Mr Jones signed a confession admitting his involvement in one of the incidents.

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Criminal Law

New anti-slavery Bill to be introduced into UK Parliament

The Home Secretary has announced she will introduce into Parliament a new anti-slavery bill. The purpose of the legislation is to increase the maximum penalties for offences from 14 years to life imprisonment. The legislation is also intended to bring together all the offences in the area of human trafficking into one place.

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Criminal Law

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