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Terrorism: Detainees

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences since 1 August 2007 have been detained for 14 days or longer before being charged or released. (204412)

[holding answer 8 May 2008]: Since 1 August 2007 no individuals have been detained for 14 days or longer.

However, from 20 January 2004 to date, 11 individuals have been held for over 14 days pre-charge detention, six individuals were held for the maximum 27-28 days, of which three individuals were charged, and three individuals were released without charge.

Nine out of the 11 individuals were arrested in August 2006 following Operation Overt, the disruption of an alleged plot to target aircraft. This led to six individuals being charged, and three were released. One individual was charged on the 27-28 day of detention following his arrest in a counterterrorist operation led by Greater Manchester police in August 2006.

One individual was charged on the 18-19 day of detention following his arrest in relation to the incidents in London and Glasgow in June-July 2007.

The statistics are shown in the following table:

Period of detention

Number of persons held

Charged

Released without charge

14 to 15 days

1

1

18 to 19 days

1

1

19 to 20 days

3

3

27 to 28 days

6

3

3