Andy Coulson detained

  johndrew 16:29 30 May 2012
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I have a slight confusion with this case.

The reported details.

UK legal systems.

Given that Scotland has a different legal system to England which causes a Police Officer from one not having powers in the other, how can Scottish Police 'detain' and remove Coulson from England to Scotland?

I am aware he was not formally arrested by Met. Police, but 'detention' is the prevention of free movement which is what the Strathclyde Police enforced. The fact that a Scottish authority may have wanted him for questioning 'on suspicion' of an offence which is also an offence in English Law is immaterial to the detention/arrest until he is charged. Surely a formal warrant should have been produced in Scotland and approved by an English court to allow this action. Unless of course the voluntarily chose to be detained and transported into Scotland by Strathclyde Police.

Does anyone have any clarification on this?

  spuds 11:45 31 May 2012

"Wow, I've already had a personal response from my MSP"

Perhaps a correction needed in my paragraph 5 above. But I will wait and see :O)

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