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Reprieve for terror suspect.

Byline: CAITLIN MACKAY

AN ALGERIAN arrested by anti-terror cops won a last-gasp reprieve against deportation yesterday.

Fearful Ali Serir, 28, had looked certain to be sent back to Africa today, despite appeals from his pregnant Scots wife Karen.

They were arrested at their flat in Royston, Glasgow - along with five other suspects - after police raids in February.

Karen, 31, was released 40 hours after her arrest, but her husband has been kept in Greenock Prison under immigration rules for the last three months.

No charges were ever brought against the couple, who are expecting their first child in August.

They met in a Glasgow nightclub more than two years ago and were married at the city's registry office last May.

Last night, care worker Karen said she was "relieved" her newsagent husband would be staying in Scotland.

Just 30 minutes before the deportation order was cancelled, Ali had been taken away by officials.

But she said: "This is very encouraging news, I am very relieved but am a bit panicky. I just want Ali home."

Karen feared her husband would be killed if he was forced to return to his capital city Algiers.

However, Ali was sent back to jail in Greenock after yesterday's collapse of the deportation order.

Lawyer Aamer Anwar said applications for bail and fresh asylum will now be made.

Mr Anwar added: "We have finally lodged an application with the Home Secretary and have been told the removal directions have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

"As a result of the actions of the British Government and the British police, Ali Serir has been exposed in the terms of the Algerian regime as a suspected terrorist.

"He is likely to be killed if he returns to Algiers."

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