DNA Proposals create a 'half-guilty' criminal class - Willott

2009 Tachwedd 11 4:19 PM

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

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

"These proposals will allow the police to label anyone cautioned, warnedor arrested as 'half guilty' even if they are later found to beinnocent. This changes the founding pillar of our criminal justicesystem; that you are innocent until proven guilty. The government has noright to do this.

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

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

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

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