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Magee v. The United Kingdom

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Bombing suspect was kept incommunicado and denied access to a solicitor for forty eight hours during which time he made a confession. As a matter of procedural fairness the applicant should have been given access to a solicitor at the initial stages of his interrogation as a counterweight to the intimidating atmosphere specifically devised to sap his will and make him confide in his interrogators. However, the difference in treatment between people arrested and detained in Northern Ireland and those arrested and detained in other parts of the United Kingdom under prevention of terrorism legislation is to be explained in terms of geographical location and not personal characteristics of the type referred to in Article 14.


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