Rights of Arrested Persons
- To be informed as soon as is reasonably practicable, in a language that he understands, of the reasons for his arrest;
- To be permitted, without delay, to communicate and consult, in person or by telephone, with an attorney-at-law;
- To be told in a language he understands, that he has a right to remain silent and if he chooses to speak, that it can be put in writing and given in evidence against him;
- Not to be forced to make a confession or to make any admission. Any admission or confession may be used against the arrested person.
- Save in exceptional cases, no question may be put to an arrested person after he has been charged or has been informed that he may be charged;
- To be charged and released either on warning or on bail, unless there is good reason to be kept in the lock-up;
- To be taken to court or released within 72 hours of his/her arrest unless an extension of stay in Police custody is granted by a Judge.
Under the Judges Rules published under the High Court Act, persons held in custody have to be informed orally Of the Rights and Facilities available to them.