DNA PROPOSALS CREATE A 'HALF-GUILTY' CRIMINAL CLASS

November 11, 2009 12:00 AM

Commenting on today's package of proposals from the Home Office to reform the DNA Database, Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"The government is trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

"These proposals will allow the police to label anyone cautioned, warned or arrested as 'half guilty' even if they are later found to be innocent.

"This flies in the face of the founding pillar of our criminal justice system; that you are innocent until proven guilty. The government has no right to do this.

"This package of reforms is more or less identical to those that were criticised by DNA experts and thrown out by the House of Lords only a month ago.

"The proposals to keep innocent children on the DNA database for up to six years are frankly appalling.

"There is absolutely no reason why we can't have the same system that exists in Scotland. I sincerely hope that these proposals get the mangling they deserve when the government tries to force them through Parliament."

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