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Scotland ministers to pass emergency laws on police questioning

Ministers in Scotland are set to rush through emergency laws to prevent police from questioning suspects without a lawyer.

At present, they can be interviewed alone for up to six hours, but yesterday the UK's Supreme Court said this violated their right to a fair trial.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill wants to raise the period of detention without charge from six to 12 hours, with the possibility to increase that to 24 hours.

This would allow lawyers enough time to be present at interviews and bring Scotland into line with European human rights law.

Glenn Campbell reports.

  • 27 Oct 2010