Convictions

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 11th October 2006.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Member, Procedure Committee, Member, Regulatory Reform Committee 11th October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures are in place to protect those whose convictions are based on an uncorroborated allegation that turns out to be false but has not been formally retracted.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 11th October 2006

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Uncorroborated allegations do not have a special status and are treated as other evidence. The safeguards in place to prevent miscarriages of justice are applicable to all cases regardless of the evidence used to convict the accused.

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