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Short Update: Over 100 people prosecuted unlawfully in England and Wales under Coronavirus laws

FairTrialsAdmin - July 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences

A review has found that over 100 people in the UK have been prosecuted unlawfully for COVID-19 related offences. In particular, all 89 charges brought under the Coronavirus Act have been dismissed. However, the government has refused to repeal the Act. 

Human rights activists have called for police powers enforcing COVID-19 laws to be reviewed, pointing out, in particular, the broad potential for police powers to be abused, and the severe impact on vulnerable people.  

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