The Bavarian government is mulling over a new law which would allow suspected terrorists to be detained indefinitely, prompting harsh criticism from opposition parties and rights groups.
The proposed law is part of an antiterrorism package by Bavaria’s conservative government, which also seeks to expand police surveillance powers. Under the measure, there will be no limit as to the time individuals considered “Gefährder”, or a threat, can be held in custody.
Current legislation allows for detention up to 14 days, though this varies state-by-state. Berlin only allows suspects to be held for two days without being formally charged, while in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg the maximum is 14 days.
The new legislation would allow judges to set unlimited terms for detention.