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United Kingdom: Commons Passes Pre-Charge Detention Bill

(July 2, 2008) On June 11, 2008, a bill to extend the time period that terrorist suspects can be held without charge to gather evidence for criminal cases was passed by a narrow majority in the House of Commons. The counter-terrorism bill extends the period of pre-charge detention from 28 days to 42. The extension must be approved by a judicial authority and renewed every seven days, up to a maximum of forty two. The bill must now pass through the House of Lords. (Counter-Terrorism Bill, HL 65, 2007-8, available at; Counter-Terrorism Bill, (last visited July 2, 2008); see also 4 W.L.B. 2008.)