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Short Update: Another unlawful Coronavirus Act arrest, prosecution and conviction in England

FairTrialsAdmin - April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

Another unlawful arrest and prosecution under the Coronavirus Act  has occurred in England after a teenager in Oxford was wrongly arrested, prosecuted and convicted on 20 April, despite not committing an offence under the Act, as well as being charged under a schedule of the Act which relates to Wales, not England.  

The Coronavirus Act is designed to allow potentially infected people to be directed to screening and testing, yet the police had no indication that the man was ill when arrested. He was then charged under an inapplicable law – and neither the police, lawyers nor the judge who sentenced him – noticed the mistake, nor was the charge challenged. It was only after the case was reported in the local press that the mistake was noticed. 

This follows several other cases of other unlawful arrests, prosecutions and convictions in relation to new coronavirus offences.  

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