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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I October 2009
Home Secretary orders
review of control orders
Lord Carlile to review the impact of
the judgement and to advise me as
to whether the assessment that the
regime remains viable is right.” Last
June, the House of Lords said the
control orders imposed against “AF”
and two other suspects were unfair.
The court said the suspects had not
been allowed to know enough of the
case made against them to properly
defend themselves in open court.
The House of Lords ruling was
prompted by a European Court of
Human Rights decision on secret
evidence. Johnson said five control
orders were revoked between June 11
and September 10, including “AF’s”.
A wholesale review of control orders, information in the public domain
He said that last order was the only
which restrict the freedoms of some The type of information that may
one revoked as a “direct result” of the
terror suspects, has been instigated by have been subject to disclosure
House of Lords judgment.
UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson. would have included secret material
Three other individuals had their
Lord Carlile, the independent gathered by the domestic Intelligence
orders revoked because he said
reviewer of terror laws, will consider service known as MI5.
they were “no longer necessary”.
if the system is still “viable” following The home secretary said today his
The remaining individual is being
a ruling by the House of Lords, the department was continually reviewing
highest court in the land. the control order regime.
Fifteen control orders remain in
Last year, the court ruled suspects “My current assessment is ... that
place, and nine of those are on British
placed on control orders should be the control order regime remains viable
told about secret evidence against following the House of Lords judgment
Control orders restrict the
them. One man, known as “AF”, had and that the national security reasons
freedoms of some terror suspects
his order revoked because of the for maintaining the regime have not
and can include house-arrest style
judgement. changed. conditions, including curfews and
Johnson decided to lift the order “In addition to this ongoing review restrictions on working, studying, and
rather than place more secret within my department, I have asked communication.
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