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SF opposed to detention beyond seven days

19 March, 2009 - by Alex Maskey


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing issues Alex Maskey today said if there is evidence against an individual then that person should be charged and that evidence put before the courts. If there is no evidence then that person should be released. Mr Maskey said that his party was opposed to the detention of people by the PSNI for questioning beyond the existing seven days.

Mr Maskey said:

“If confidence is to continue to be built in policing and the good work of recent years consolidated, then it is crucial that the PSNI demonstrate a willingness to uphold the highest standards of human rights protections.

“Regardless of who is involved or what they are suspected of doing, Sinn Féin have consistently opposed the detention of suspects beyond the existing seven days. We have repeated this position to the British government in recent days.

“If there is evidence against an individual then that person should be charged and that evidence put before the courts. If there is no evidence then that person should be released. That is the normal democratic standard and it is one which must be adhered to.”

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