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British Court Grants Bail to Four Terrorism Suspects

20 October 2005

A British immigration tribunal has granted bail to four Algerian terrorism suspects facing deportation from the country.

But the special tribunal denied bail to five other suspects, including Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada, whom British authorities consider a leading recruiter in Europe for the al-Qaida terrorist network. The case of a 10th man was adjourned.

A senior Home Office official, Hazel Blears, expressed disappointment at the decision to grant bail. She said the government believes the four still represent a risk to national security. Ms. Blears said authorities will seek to have the court impose strict conditions on their activities.

After the July suicide attacks in London's transport system that killed 52 people, British authorities announced plans to deport suspected foreign Islamic militants. But authorities are first seeking agreements with the suspects' home countries to assure that those deported will not be abused or tortured.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.

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