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Lords back `terror' judge.

A judge who cleared a Palestinian student accused of being a terrorist was yesterday backed by Britain's highest court.

David Hodson ruled in May 2002 at Newcastle Crown Court there was no evidence on which Adnan Abdelah, 23, could be convicted of being a member of outlawed terrorist organisation Hamas.

Mr Abdelah, formerly of Bavington Drive, Fenham, Newcastle, was the first person to stand trial in the country under the Terrorism Act 2000.

The court of appeal concluded in May 2003 that Judge Hodson should not have ruled as he did and there was a burden of proof on the defendant to prove his innocence once the prosecution had charged him.

But the House of Lords yesterday overturned this decision, arguing it was a violation of human rights and the burden of proof should be on the prosecution.

After the trial Mr Abdelah, was taken back into custody on immigration matters and deported.
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Date:Oct 16, 2004
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