The Miranda detention: Labour turns the heat on Boris Johnson


Miranda was stopped under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. What is that? It means police can stop, examine and search passengers at ports, airports and international rail terminals. It means there is no requirement for an officer to have a “reasonable suspicion” of terrorism activity before stopping passengers. It means an awful lot of leeway. And it means all sorts get stopped. Talk to Muslim travellers and hear the tales. Massoud Shadjareh, of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, sits on the schedule 7 accountability board. No matter. Last October, leaving Heathrow, police stopped him under schedule 7.

Read ther full article published in The Guardian on Wednesday 21 August 2013