In the Media

90-day detention of suspects 'unlawful'

PUBLISHED October 11, 2005

Government plans to detain and question suspected terrorists for up to three months are likely to prove unlawful, according to a recently-retired senior judge.

Lord Steyn, who stepped down as a full-time law lord 10 days ago, said that allowing the police to question suspects for up to 90 days rather than the present two weeks was an "exorbitant and unnecessary power".