Friday, August 20, 2004

Even the suspects don't know what they're doing wrong

"I'm a what? A terrorist? Why? Oh, I'm not allowed to know?"

BBC News: My week as a terror suspect.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Beckley says that "Riaz's claim that he still does not know why he was held is understandable, as the sensitive nature of anti-terrorism intelligence means police cannot always reveal why they acted."

Just WTF is going on? This is turning into a game of Mornington Crescent - you can only play if you know what the rules are, but no-one ever tells you them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Being falsely arrested this way must be at least as traumatic an experience as a street mugging or crime of violence.

If, as is likely, genuine mistakes are made by the Police, then there should be public apologies and financial compensation to the victims.

It is possible for a police offcial or a politician to officially apologise to the victims of a false arrest, which include the person arrested and their family, friends and community, without compromising any other ongoing investigations.

The Home Office should fund this compensation, as part of the cost of anti-terrorism security measures, and in the interests of their aims and motto of "Building a Safe, Just and Tolerant Society".

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