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French court: Terror suspects must have lawyers during questioning

Oct 24th, 2010 foreign courts

The Washington Post reports on October 19, 2010, in an article entitled "French court: Terror suspects must have lawyers during questioning," that the French supreme court ruled last Tuesday that police can no longer interrogate terrorism suspects without a lawyer present, undercutting a potent weapon in France's no-holds-barred battle to prevent attacks by Islamic jihadists.

The ruling, by the Cassation Court, the country's highest tribunal, was another hit against a tradition in France of grilling suspects for long periods in the hope of squeezing out a confession. The ruling goes against the tide of President Nicolas Sarkozy's law-and-order approach to crime and his approach regarding Islamic terrorism. 

The issue has become particularly pressing as the number of people arrested and interrogated in France more than doubled over the past decade, reaching almost 800,000 in 2009.

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