Government response [to be supplied]
This report reviews the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 during the Metropolitan Police Service investigation into a suspected plot to harm Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the UK in September 2010.¬†
The report concludes that there is no reason to believe, with the benefit of hindsight, that any of the arrested men was involved in a plot to kill the Pope or that any such plot existed.¬† However the police powers of detention, search and seizure were properly and appropriately used, and the period of detention was not excessive.
The report made three recommendations, relating to:
- the requirement for reasonable suspicion in relation to each person arrested under TA 2000 section 41
- adherence to the proper procedure for delaying the right not to be held incommunicado
- exercise of the right to have a named person informed of detention, even when the detainee’s only memory of the relevant telephone number is on a mobile device that is liable to be removed for examination.
Published: May 2011
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