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Passion Islam I December 2009 NEWS I 3
Police slammed for
Manchester raids
Greater Manchester Police have been
criticised for failing to consult properly
with prosecutors over anti-terror raids
which resulted in a dozen arrests but
no criminal charges.
Lord Carlile, the Government’s
independent reviewer of terror
legislation, said police chiefs should
have discussed the arrests with
specialist Crown Prosecution Service
lawyers much earlier.
But he backed the tactics used by
police during Operation Pathway in
April.
”Such advice should in fact have
”Indeed, common sense and good
Some of the men were held
been sought in advance, even in the
judgment demand that they should
at gunpoint in broad daylight on
compressed time period in which all
be involved in an advisory capacity
university campuses, leading to
were working because of various
before arrest.”
accusations of excessive force.
events in the operation.
The raids were brought forward
Lord Carlile said GMP were
”I recommend that the CPS should
after the country’s top anti-terrorism
“probably right” to take no chances.
at the very least be kept informed
officer was photographed walking into
He wrote: “It was unwise of the
of counter-terrorism operations
Downing Street with papers showing
police in this case not to actively seek
and asked to provide any material
details of police plans. Metropolitan
legal advice from the CPS during the
advice as soon as arrest of identified Police Assistant Commissioner Bob
process of planning the arrests.
individuals is seen as likely. Quick resigned the following day.
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