Spain must end incommunicado detention: Amnesty
Spain must end the practice of incommunicado detention as it violates the rights of people deprived of their liberty, Amnesty International said.
Spain must end the practice of incommunicado detention as it violates the rights of people deprived of their liberty, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
In the report "Out of the Shadows: End incommunicado detention in Spain", the group harshly criticised the practice of detaining suspects for up to 13 days incommunicado.
"It is inadmissible that in present day Spain anyone who is arrested for whatever reason should disappear as if in a black hole for days on end," said Amnesty director Nicola Duckworth in a statement on the group's website.
"Such lack of transparency can be used as a veil to hide human rights violations."
Under Spanish law a judge may order a detainee to be held without right to a private lawyer or doctor for five days, extendable to 13 days if the suspect is accused of crimes relating to what the government say "terrorism".
The Spanish government said the measure is only rarely applied and is justified for reasons of national security to stop suspects hiding, altering or destroying evidence.
"The use of this measure is ... very unusual beyond suspects related to armed groups and terrorism," a Defence Ministry source said.
The measure was not unusual to Spain within the European Union and would continue to be applied, always under a magistrate's order, a government source said.
Reuters Last Mod: 15 Eylül 2009, 15:05