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Police warned not to misuse anti-terror laws to round up innocent people

Publié par Clifford Armion le 17/05/2011

Adam Sherwin

"Police must avoid the "temptation" to abuse anti-terrorism laws by using them as a net to round up innocent people - particularly in the run-up to next year's Olympics, the Government's terrorism watchdog has warned.

"David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, cautioned police while ruling yesterday that six men arrested during the papal visit last year were never involved in any plot to kill the Pope.

"The half-dozen Westminster street cleaners, who were all Muslims of North African origin, were seized at gunpoint on the basis of a "barely credible" tip-off, Mr Anderson found.

"The watchdog warned that there will be "future temptations" to use the anti-terrorism powers, acquired under the Terrorism Act 2000, "in relation to individuals as to whom the necessary reasonable suspicions do not exist"."

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"Police warned not to misuse anti-terror laws to round up innocent people", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2011. Consulté le 17/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/police-warned-not-to-misuse-anti-terror-laws-to-round-up-innocent-people