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Arrest 'concern vote' is defeated

Jersey States
Deputy Southern raised confidentiality issues in the States

A vote to express concern over the arrest and search of the home of Jersey senator Stuart Syvret has been defeated in the States by 29 votes to 15.

Deputy Geoff Southern said that the States should register its objection.

He said the arrest could have led to a possible breach of the confidentiality of information passed between a politician and constituents.

Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand argued that precautions were taken to protect sensitive material.

There was one abstention during the vote on Thursday.

Police searched Senator Syvret's home after his arrest earlier this month.

Mr Syvret was arrested in connection with allegations of breaching data protection laws. He was released later pending further inquiries.

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