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Britain bars Bakri in anti-terrorism drive

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Britain bars Bakri in anti-terrorism drive


A Lebanese prosecutor has ordered the release of the British-based Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, 24 hours after he was arrested in Beirut. Judicial sources say investigators found he had not broken any laws. Earlier the British government barred the 46-year-old as part of a crackdown on preachers it fears inspire bombers such as those who attacked London last month. Bakri left Britain for Lebanon last Saturday, saying he was going on holiday, after Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed to deport or exclude foreign nationals who encourage or condone terrorism. The ban follows a campaign by Britain’s tabloid media to oust the cleric, who has said he would not inform police if he knew Muslims were planning to bomb trains in Britain and supported attacks on UK troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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