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UK government open to compromise on terror law detainee provision

[JURIST] UK House Leader Geoff Hoon [official profile] said Sunday that the government is open to compromise on a proposed addition to the draft Terrorism Bill [PDF text; Home Office overview] that would allow police to detain terrorism suspects for up to three months without bringing formal charges. The proposed measure is expected to draw criticism from opposition parties during parliamentary debate Monday, the first day of the fall session. Hoon's statement was prompted by a Sunday Independent article [text] that reported that UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] did not think the 90-day detentions could be justified. Last Thursday, Home Secretary Charles Clarke decided [JURIST report] to amend a proposed addition to the draft anti-terror legislation that would have criminalized any activity seen by police as "glorifying" terrorism, but indicated that he would continue to support provisions on the detention of terror suspects. Reuters has more.

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