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Judge rap for 'unfair' terror law.

Byline: By MARTIN FRICKER

UK terror laws breach human rights, a high court judge ruled yesterday.

Control orders placing suspects under house arrest give Home Secretary Charles Clarke too much power and are "conspicuously unfair", Mr Justice Sullivan said.

He spoke as he reviewed the case of a suspect, MB - the first of 12 orders imposed by ministers that the court has to re-examine.

Although MB's curbs will stay in place, the judge said the measures denied him a fair hearing.

Shami Chakrabarti, of civil rights group Liberty, said: "This scandalous system of punishment without trial is in tatters."

The Home Office insisted the 2005 law would continue and said: "We do not accept the judgment."

LONDONER Gary McKinnon, 40, whom the US calls the world's No1 hacker, could go to Camp Delta if extradited despite US assurances, his lawyer claimed yesterday.

He allegedly broke into Pentagon and Nasa files. A judge decides in May.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2006
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