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UK anti-terror laws 'against European human rights legislation'

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UK anti-terror laws 'against European human rights legislation'


Britain’s highest court has ruled that anti-terrorism legislation breaks European rules on human rights. The Law Lords said terror suspects could not be detained without trial. The case relates to nine Muslim men being held at the high-security Belmarsh prison in southeast London. The detention centre has been dubbed ‘Britain’s Guantanamo Bay’.

Some of the nine have been behind bars for up to three years. One of their lawyers said they had not been formally interviewed, put on trial, or told when they could be released. The Law Lords say they should be allowed to appeal their detention and the government pay their fees. The laws apply to foreign nationals suspected of links to terrorism. After the September 11 attacks, the British government opted out of European rules on human rights guaranteeing the right to a fair trial.

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