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Short Update: Prosecutors to review all charges under coronavirus law in the United Kingdom

FairTrialsAdmin - May 4, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, Rule of Law

After reports of wrongful convictions the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the United Kingdom will review every charge, conviction and sentence brought under the coronavirus law. This is the first time the CPS has launched such comprehensive review of all cases brought under a specific piece of legislation with some of the cases already listed for review as incorrectly prosecuted.  

It is reported that police have been using the powers relating to potentially infected persons to arrest and charge in the absence of any indication that they were ill, when they were intending to restrict movement or believed an individual to be in a public place without an excuse. 

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