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Freezing assets of terror suspects
ruled unlawful by High Court
Anti-terrorism legislation was condemned absurdity” and recommended that two who wanted to challenge their listing as
as poorly thought-out by a senior High measures — the Terrorism Order and the terrorists.
Court judge last month as he declared that al-Qaeda and Taleban Order — should The Government, he added, should
the Treasury’s powers to freeze suspects’ be quashed. They will, however, remain consider introducing measures in the
bank accounts were unlawful. in place pending an appeal that the Counter-terrorism Bill to provide for a
Mr Justice Collins said that terrorist ministers said the Government would tribunal at which people on the Treasury’s
financial orders — introduced by Gordon list could challenge the financial sanctions.
Brown when he was Chancellor — were The judge told government lawyers: “You
absurd,unfair and a breach of fundamental are going to have to legislate at some
rights. The judge, who has lengthy stage, otherwise the State will not be able
experience of dealing with terrorism to put before the court the incriminating or
cases, said: “It was, frankly, another allegedly incriminating material.”
example of an immediate reaction without He said he had “real concerns” that the
it being thought through properly — which orders had introduced a criminal offence,
is rather the pattern with the anti-terrorism of assisting a listed person, without
measures.” consulting Parliament.
The Times revealed last month that David Davis, the Shadow Home
the judge was preparing to criticise the Secretary, said that the High Court had
asset-freezing regime in the latest of a left Mr Brown’s asset-freezing regime
series of rulings that have exacerbated “in tatters”. He added: “When you make
tensions between the judiciary and the laws in a hurry that are unfocused and
Government. There are now 59 people arbitrary, the result is neither firm nor fair
living in Britain on the Treasury sanctions — just fragile.”
list, The Bank of England has frozen 274 Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said
accounts, containing £656,000. pursue urgently. that she was “very disappointed” with the
Ruling on an appeal brought by five The measures were adopted to give ruling.
terrorist suspects — referred to in court effect in British law to two United Nations But Jules Carey, solicitor for G, said that
as A, K, M, Q and G — the judge said that Security Council resolutions imposing the importance of the judgment could
the sanctions had had “the most drastic sanctions on people alleged to be funding not be overstated. He said: “It is the
effect” on them and their families. People terrorism. sovereignty of Parliament that is at stake
on the terrorist list have to apply to the The judge was critical that they were here, the foundation block of the British
Treasury for a licence to spend money on introduced as Orders in Council rather constitution. If Government can, without
groceries and anyone who provides them than through an Act of Parliament and consulting Parliament, give itself powers
with “an economic resource” is liable to a were therefore not subject to debate by to create criminal offences and take away
criminal conviction and a jail sentence. MPs and peers. He also criticised the fundamental rights then we are watching
The judge said the situation was “an absence of a procedure for suspects the sun set on democracy.”
Hijacker found
Doherty turned
working at Heathrow
to Islam in jail
Troubled rocker Pete Doherty
had reportedly turned to Islam
after being imprisoned in
Wormwood Scrubs jail
Doherty asked for a translation
of the Quran and was eager to
learn the faith.
One of Doherty’s friends said:
‘He had been reading the Quran
since he went into segregation.
One of the nine Afghans who an unlicensed cab driver but landed it at Standstead airport,
He’s got a lot of Muslim friends
hijacked a plane to Britain in were stunned when checks claiming they were fleeing the
and they’ve been on at him for
2000 was reported last month revealed he was one of the Taliban regime.
ages to study it.
to be now working at London’s hijackers, London’s Evening All the hijackers were jailed
‘I was surprised how much it
Heathrow airport. Standard newspaper said. He after a four-day siege at the
had calmed him down as he
Nazamuddin Mohammidy, was said to be working as a airport, but later had their
was very on the edge inside.
who won the right to stay cleaner at the airport and convictions quashed by the
He definitely seem more chilled
in Britain, was said to have even ad a British Airways Court of Appeal. After their
and really interested in it. I think
been recently arrested under pass on him. release, the Afghanis were
it really helped him.’
terrorism laws at Heathrow, Mohammidy was among given ‘discretionary leave’
Doherty had been having a
while driving a car around the a group who took over an to remain in Britain as it was difficult time since his 14-week
recently opened Terminal 5. internal Afghan flight with 160 argued that their country was sentence for violating probation
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Police suspected he was passengers on board and ‘unsafe’ to return to. by taking drugs.
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