Nov 292009
 
 November 29, 2009  Court, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Sandra Laville reports:

Barry George, the man acquitted at a retrial of killing the BBC television presenter Jill Dando, is making an unprecedented legal challenge to stop the authorities keeping a watch on his movements.

George, 48, begins a legal case in the high court against the Metropolitan police, claiming his human rights are being breached because he is the subject of a multi-agency public protection arrangement (Mappa). The arrangements, which involve the police, probation service, prison service and local authorities, are designed to protect the public from sexual and violent offenders who are considered to still pose a risk after serving their sentences.

If George succeeds, probation officers and police believe hundreds of other offenders being supervised under Mappa could make similar challenges.

Read more in the Guardian.

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