Nearly 350 people have been wrongly charged or convicted under British coronavirus laws since they were brought into force in March 2020.
Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that the cases of 115 people prosecuted under the Health Protection Regulations and all of the 218 people prosecuted under the Coronavirus Act were not handled correctly.
Senior lawyer and international human rights law specialist Kirsty Brimelow, QC, analysed the figures and called the wrongful prosecutions a “systemic failure”, according to The Times on Monday.
“This is damaging to the rule of law and to democracy,” she added.
Not to forget: around 25,000 people received fines for allegedly breaching covid restrictions, approx half of which are unpaid.
Our analysis indicates that thousands of fines were likely unlawfully issued. Some fines are paid only to avoid prosecution – there is no appeal route.
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