Zenati v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another

Criminal law – Committal. The claimant brought proceedings against the defendants in respect of his having been in remanded in custody in respect of offences under the Identity Cards Act 2006. His claims for a declaration and damages for breach of art 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the tort of false imprisonment were struck out. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, allowed the claimant's appeal in respect of the art 5 claims. It held, inter alia, that it was implicit in art 5(1)(c), as well as art 5(3) of the Convention, that the investigating/prosecuting authorities were required to bring the relevant facts to the attention of the court as soon as possible. The claimant's appeal in respect of false imprisonment was dismissed.

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