Schily seeks preventive detention for suspects

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9 August 2005, BERLIN - German Interior Minister Otto Schily called Monday for allowing preventive detention of people suspected of plotting terrorist attacks.

9 August 2005

BERLIN - German Interior Minister Otto Schily called Monday for allowing preventive detention of people suspected of plotting terrorist attacks.

Schily, who has made the demand in the past, underlined that current law did not allow federal government to order preventive detention. Under Germany's decentralised federal system such issues are the responsibility of the 16 Laender, or federal states.

"It's sheer nonsense that the Federal Crime Bureau (BKA) cannot operate in a preventive manner and only takes action after a crime has been committed," said Schily.

Preventive detention is controversial in Germany because it reminds some people of practices used by the Nazis.

"Preventive detention is a violation of the constitution," said Sabine Leutheusser-Scharrenberger, a former German justice minister from the opposition Free Democratic Party (FDP).

DPA

Subject: German news

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