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UK terror suspects allowed to claim damages

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Jan 18, IRNA -- The High Court in London ruled Monday that two terrorist suspects could sue for damages for being subjected to control orders.

Mohammed Ayub, lawyers for one of the suspects, known only as AE, welcomed the ruling as a “landmark judgment” following the government being already forced to lift the control orders against his client last year.

“It cannot be right to impose a control order on a person for 3½ years and, at the end of that period, without any evidence having been disclosed to AE, to say ‘We have decided to revoke the control order and you have no effective remedy for the wrong that we have done to you’,” Ayub said

“It is victory for common sense and decency,” he said in a statement obtained by IRNA. “We look forward to the next stage of AE’s claim for damages which will follow later this year.”

The High Court ordered that AE’s control orders as well as another terrorist suspect, known as AF, must all be quashed ab initio on the grounds that their right to liberty and to a fair hearing under the European Convention of Human Rights had been infringed.

In September, the government was forced to lift the control orders imposed on AE after refusing to disclose secret evidence that had been used against him.

It came after an earlier ruling by the House of Lords in June that a controlled person must be given disclosure of sufficient material to enable him to give meaningful instructions to his lawyers in his defence.

Control orders, including house arrest, has been used by the government against terrorist suspects when there is insufficient evidence to prosecute them in court under the country’s legal system.

Following the House of Lords ruling, the government has asked its independent reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile to review the impact and to assess whether the regime remains viable as Home Secretary Alan Johnson has continued to claim.

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