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Arrests should be debated in the Scottish Parliament

Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC) is calling for a parliamentary debate about the circumstances surrounding the arrest of 9 Algerian men last winter. The men, four from Scotland and five from London, were charged with terrorism offences in Edinburgh Sheriff Court. The charges were dropped in December 2003, almost a year after the arrests.SACC supports the motion tabled in the Scottish Parliament in December by Colin Fox MSP (SSP). The motion says that the issue "highlights the flaws in the Terrorism Act 2000" and that "much greater evidence should exist before any future arrests of this nature are made."