A FORMER MP raised concerns yesterday after a court interpreter was detained by police for more than two days without charge.
Interpreter Laila Brice, from Dagenham, east London, was kept in a cell from last Friday night until Monday morning, when she appeared before a High Court judge in London on suspicion of being in contempt of court.
The case was dubbed “troubling” by former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who campaigns for improvements in family justice.
He said: “She had not been charged with any offence, let alone convicted.
“She had no access to legal advice.
“Why did she have to be taken into custody? Why couldn’t she be told to appear at court on Monday?”
The case relates to a family court dispute over a child custody case.
Mr Justice Keehan heard that the mother, who had been staying with Ms Brice, had vanished with the child. Ms Brice was accused of breaching an earlier order to reveal everything she knew about their whereabouts.
She was freed bail pending a further hearing today.