New laws could see children detain for weeks without charge

PROPOSED new laws in New South Wales would allow terror suspects as young as 14 to be detained and questioned by police for up to two weeks without charge.

After a suspect had been in custody for four days, police would have to get the approval of a Supreme Court judge to extend the detention every seven days.

At present, suspects can be detained for up to 14 days, but not questioned unless charged, and permission to extend the period of detention must be sought from a judge every 48 hours.

Based on a UK model, the new laws are set to be the basis for a national model.

Under the current Commonwealth law, suspects can be questioned for a total of 24 hours in a maximum eight-day period of detention.


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