Blair’s anti-terrorism bill accepted

by on March 11th, 2005

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March 11 (Bloomberg) — U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair won Parliament’s approval for new anti-terrorism rules after offering to redraft the law within two years, meeting the demands of Conservative Party leader Michael Howard.

Blair made the offer after more than 30 hours of debate by lawmakers as his government began releasing seven foreign terrorism suspects held in prison. Another five were awaiting release by tomorrow as their bail conditions, including curfews and electronic tagging, were worked out, a spokeswoman for the Department of Constitutional Affairs said.

The new rules allow the government to impose controls including house arrest for people suspected of terrorism. The Conservatives had objected, saying the bill would limit the right to trial guaranteed by Britain’s Magna Carta, or Great Charter of personal and political liberty, since 1215.

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