WATCH: Global News has learned the government is considering extending the amount of time suspected terrorist can be held without charges. Jacques Bourbeau reports.
OTTAWA – The Conservative government is considering changes to Canada’s anti-terror laws, that would allow the police to detain a suspected terrorist for a longer period for time without charges.
Sources tell Global News the change is expected to be part of the Conservative government’s overhaul of anti-terror laws, expected to be announced this Friday.
Currently, if police believe someone is planning to commit a terrorist act, they can arrest the individual without laying a charge.
Officers then have 72 hours to come up with sufficient evidence, otherwise the suspect must be released.
The new rules under consideration would allow police to appear before a judge and seek two additional 48-hour extensions, allowing them more time to continue their investigation.
That means police would be able to hold someone under the Criminal Code’s preventive arrest provisions for a total of seven days, up from the current three days.