Saturday, October 21, 2006

October 21, 2006

Police to avoid Ramadan arrests

From the BBC with thanks to Kaspar

Police in Manchester have been told not to arrest Muslims wanted on warrants at prayer times during Ramadan.Greater Manchester Police confirmed it had asked detectives not to make planned arrests during those periods for reasons of religious sensitivity.The advice was emailed out to officers working in Moss Side, Hulme, Whalley Range, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Ardwick, Longsight, Gorton and Levenshulme.Police said it was not a blanket ban, just a "request for sensitivity".The email stressed the order did not apply to on-the-spot arrests, only the execution of arrest warrants. I assume no arrest warrants are ever executed on Christmas Eve either.


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