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Short Update: UK government refuses to repeal flawed Coronavirus Act

FairTrialsAdmin - June 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Rule of Law, New criminal offences

The UK government has refused to abolish the coronavirus law which has so far been used incorrectly in every prosecution which has been based on it. The Crown Prosecution Service’s (‘CPS’) director of legal services has pointed out that the application of the law is improving, and errors have “significantly reduced” in May arguing that the CPS has no influence on whether to charge under the act or not.   

Human rights lawyers have argued that the ‘potentially infectious persons’ provisions are totally redundant and dangerous as they are being misapplied.  

Fair Trials has previously reported that under the Coronavirus Act, people suspected of being infected with the virus can be forcibly taken for testing at screening and quarantine centres. Those centres were never set up. The Crown Prosecution Service said that every single one of the 44 charges brought under the Act was wrong because there was no evidence that someone was infected. Thirty-one of those charges were withdrawn, while thirteen charges led to wrongful convictions.   

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