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Expert right to condemn DNA database - Huhne

April 15, 2009 12:42 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Commenting on DNA expert Professor Alec Jeffreys' condemnation of the Government for holding innocent people's details on the DNA database, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne said: "It demonstrates how out of touch the Government is with public opinion when the inventor of genetic fingerprinting has to tell them how unfair the DNA database is."

"It is unacceptable for the state to store the DNA of innocent people. The European Court agrees, Professor Jeffreys agrees and the public agrees. The Government must bring forward concrete proposals to remove the DNA of those that have done nothing wrong.

"Professor Jeffreys is also right to point out that the DNA database is not the flawless crime-fighting tool ministers would have us believe."