Thursday, 26 November 2009

Right to silence is dead and buried

A 33-year-old London man, whose name has not been made public, has been jailed for 13 months for exercising his Right to Silence. Specificly, when required by the police using their powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, "RIPA" to its friends, to divulge the encryption key required to access his PC he maintained the "no comment" stance he had adopted through-out weeks of interviews. Unfortunately New Labour had taken away his right to silence and he was jailed.

The man is currently in a secure mental health facility. He seems to be a paranoid outsider who encrypted the data on his PC for no better reason than he could - and the more the authorities asked him for the key the worse his mental condition became. There is no evidence he is involved in any crime, he has no previous convictions. Jailing him seems to be a travesty of justice.

The full story is here.

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