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UK Lord Chancellor says judges should oversee terror detentions

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official website] said Sunday that although he agreed with the Government's position that extended periods of custody in detaining terror suspects were needed, detainments must be monitored by a judge. Speaking on BBC television's Sunday AM, Falconer said [transcript] that a judge overseeing the process on a regular basis would make sure that there was no abuse and that the detention was no longer than necessary. Falconer's comments were made after controversial new UK terror measures allowing for up to 90-day detention without charge for terror suspects came under fire by senior UK jurists [JURIST report]. The government has said, however, that it is willing to compromise on provisions [JURIST report] of the proposed Terrorism Bill [PDF text; Home Office overview]. From London, the Telegraph has more.

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