UK considering tough changes to anti-terror laws

[JURIST] Britain is considering a host of new anti-terrorism measures including the introduction of special courts to try terror suspects without a jury, according to an interview given by Home Secretary David Blunkett. Other measures being considered include allowing evidence gained from phone tapping to be used in trials and the introduction of "civil orders" to restrict actions of those suspected of planning terrorist acts. Blunkett indicated that he would not try and introduce a bill unless Prime Minister Tony Blair's government wins the general election, which is expected to be called in the middle of next year. Currently, the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Anti-Terrorism, Crime & Security Act 2001 govern the UK's counter-terrorism efforts. The Home Office has background on UK anti-terrorism legislation. AFP has more.



 

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