UK appeals court restores control order for terror suspect

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal Thursday restored [opinion] a control order [JURIST news archive] on a terrorist suspect identified only as "E". The court held that a prior ruling wrongly required Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] to consider the judgments of a Belgian court when determining whether there was sufficient evidence to support a criminal indictment against E. The court also ruled that the control order did not violate Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text] because the restriction on movement did not constitute a "deprivation of liberty."

Control orders, which can confine suspects to their homes and cut off outside communication, were authorized by the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 [text]. In March, a UK parliamentary human rights committee issued a report finding that the orders violated the European rights treaty [JURIST report]. AP has more.

 

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