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DaSangarTalib
03-13-2006, 03:36 PM
by Arani & Co. Solicitors 43a South Road,
Southall, Middlesex, UB1 1SW


MI5 does not have rights of arrest. Their ‘street operatives' are Special Branch officers who have extra legal powers to arrest and search. Each police constabulary (there are 52 in the UK each with its own executive head, the Chief Constable) has its own Special Branch who work separately from the police rank and file. Special Branch's responsibilities include enforcing the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Official Secrets Act, vetting and registering naturalization applications, and watching ports and airports.

What to do if detained

What to do if you are arrested and if you are detained in custody for any reason by the Police

>>You are entitled to free legal advice at the police station

>>You should state that you wish to speak to a solicitor. If your own solicitor is not available then request a duty solicitor

>>Do not discuss your case without obtaining legal advice

>>Do not believe the officers when they state that if you speak to them without a solicitor you will be released sooner

>>If you have any injuries as a result of the arrest taking place, request for a doctor to attend to see you

>>You can make a call to members of your family or relations or a friend to notify them that you have been arrested and are being detained at a police station

What to do if contacted by the MI5

>>There is no obligation on you to answer any of their questions

>>Do make sure that you obtain the MI5 officers names and telephone numbers

>>State to the MI5 officers that you intend to seek legal advice

>>State to the MI5 that your solicitors will be contacting them

>>Make a note of the time and place that the MI5 officers contacted you

>>If the MI5 officers say anything to you, make a note of this

>>There is no obligation for you to work as an MI5 agent

>>There is no obligation under law for you to answer any question the MI5 officers put to you

>>Do not discuss with MI5 officers with regard to your movements or any body else's movements

>>Do not try to be clever by talking

>>Do not think that the MI5 officers are stupid

>>Seek legal advice on the matter

>>Let the solicitors talk on your behalf

What to do when contacted by Special Branch also known as Anti-Terrorist Branch

>>Do not be misled by officers who state that they need you to assist them

>>Do not talk to them regarding any matter

>>Take the officers' names and telephone numbers

>>State to the officers that you need to seek legal advice

>>State to the officers that your solicitor will contact them

>>Do not discuss any matter with them, walk away once you have taken the officers names and numbers

Extract taken from a guide prepared by Arani & Co Solicitors and published by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, March 2002

>> http://www.as-sahwah.com/viewarticle.php?articleID=1077
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Ghazi
03-13-2006, 04:28 PM
Salaam

Good post bro.
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MetSudaisTwice
03-13-2006, 04:30 PM
salam
jazakallah for that, am sure it will be useful
wasalam
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DaSangarTalib
03-13-2006, 07:03 PM
yep definitely useful information to know :)
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DaSangarTalib
03-15-2006, 01:05 PM
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! :rollseyes
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DaSangarTalib
03-16-2006, 07:48 PM
:rollseyes
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03-16-2006, 07:53 PM
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Jazak Allâhu khayr..
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