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United Kingdom: Controversial Terrorism Pre-Charge Detention Powers Rarely Utilized

(Nov. 1, 2010) The Government of the United Kingdom has published its quarterly statistical bulletin on the operation of a number of powers given to police under the UK's expansive anti-terrorism legislative regime. One of the more controversial pieces of this regime is the government's ability to detain individuals for up to 28 days without […]

United Kingdom: Commission Warns Government over Legality of Its Torture Policy

(Oct. 6, 2010) In July 2010 the United Kingdom’s coalition government released guidance that addresses the detention and interviewing of overseas detainees and gives instructions on how intelligence relating to detainees may be received. One purported aim of the release of this guidance was to signal a break from the previous government, whose actions overseas […]

United Kingdom: Civil Servants Prohibited from Cooperating with U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Investigation

(Sept. 16, 2010) The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, in light of information regarding the British petroleum company BP and Libya. As part of their investigation,the Committee requested access to officials involved in negotiations […]

United Kingdom: Illegal Immigrant Jailed for £500,000 Tax Fraud

(Aug. 16, 2010) Dmytro Shepel, an illegal immigrant originally from Ukraine but living in the United Kingdom under a false Lithuanian identity and passport, has recently been sentenced to imprisonment for three and a half years for tax fraud. Shepel registered 350 fictitious people under the tax assessment system and then, over a two-year period, […]

United Kingdom: Stock Broker Fined £2.8 Million for Market Abuse

(May 25, 2010) The Financial Services Authority (FSA), the independent body in charge of regulating financial services in the United Kingdom, has issued the largest fine to an individual in its history — £2.8 million (about US$4.4 million) to a stockbroker. The FSA found that the stockbroker was involved in a “share ramping scheme” in […]

United Kingdom: New Coalition Government Publishes Policy Plans

(May 25, 2010) The United Kingdom's new coalition government, formed by the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrat Party after the May 2010 election resulted in a hung Parliament, has published its policy plans. These plans reference over 30 subject areas, including taxation, defense, immigration, national security, banking, and civil liberties. They contain a wide […]

United Kingdom: General Election Soon to Occur, with New Constituency Boundaries

(May 6, 2010) On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant legal development in this election is that new constituency boundaries will be followed. These boundary changes […]

United Kingdom: Anti-Terrorism Detention Provisions Called Into Question

(Jan. 26, 2010) The United Kingdom's rocky road with its anti-terrorism legislation has continued with the High Court ruling that in the case of two individuals subject to “control orders” – orders that impose conditions similar to house arrest aimed at disrupting and preventing terrorist activity – could claim compensation as the control orders had […]

United Kingdom: British National Party Member Arrested on Suspicion of Terrorism

(Jan. 25, 2010) A member of the British National Party, a far right political party, has been jailed for 11 years after pleading guilty to 22 offenses, including collecting information useful for terrorism and possessing explosives and firearms. Police had discovered a significant amount of explosive devices and firearms at his home. During sentencing, the […]

United Kingdom: New Supreme Court Opens for Business

(Oct. 9, 2009) The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary in the UK and is provided for in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. Prior to the […]