Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Amnesty International: Spain Detention Laws Too Restrictive

Spain urged to end detention law

"Spain must end the practice of holding suspects incommunicado, without access to lawyers of their choice and without telling their families, activists say.
Spain's criminal law allows suspects to be held incommunicado for five days.
Amnesty International says it is among the strictest systems in Europe, facilitates torture and breaches international human rights standards.
The Spanish government says its system is no more restrictive than in other countries, and is overseen by judges.
It has previously defended its programme is a necessary counter-terrorism measure. "

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