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Pete Doherty Goes Free On Technicality

Pete Doherty was released today without being charged with breaching his bail conditions after authorities failed to get him to court on time. Doherty, who has been undergoing court-ordered rehabilitation treatment, was arrested yesterday in east London on suspicion of possessing drugs, police said.

The charge of breaching his bail conditions was dismissed because the 28-year-old Babyshambles frontman had not been brought to court within 24 hours, said prosecutor Anjulika Vatish.

“The court has no jurisdiction to deal with this matter anymore,” she said at West London Magistrates’ Court.

Earlier this month, a judge warned Doherty that he must prove his desire to quit drugs within a month or face a jail sentence for previous offenses.

Doherty has admitted possessing crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine, as well as to two driving offenses.