Gryzlov Steals Terror Page From U.S.
Stealing a page from the United States in its fight against terrorism, Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov said Wednesday that the law should be changed to allow law enforcement officials to detain terror suspects for up to 30 days without charges being filed. Gryzlov, speaking days after a double suicide bombing in Moscow killed 14 people, told a meeting of senior police officials from the Central Federal District that he would send the necessary amendment to the Criminal Procedural Code to the State Duma when it reconvenes in September. Civil liberties advocates warned that such an amendment would open the door to gross human rights abuses — echoing concerns expressed by their U.S. counterparts when Washington passed the USA Patriot Act after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “Any attempt to toughen the Criminal Procedural Code in order to make progress in an investigation will most certainly lead to the abuse of suspects’ rights without any boundaries or controls,” said Human Rights Watch’s representative in Russia, Anna Neistat. Full Story