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Tougher anti-terror laws proposed

The home secretary has outlined plans for more far-reaching measures to tackle terrorism. The proposals include special anti-terror courts without juries and the use of phone-tap evidence in trials. David Blunkett told ITV1’s Jonathan Dimbleby programme that any new legislation would wait until after the next general election. But human rights group Liberty accused the government of resorting to “draconian law and order measures”. The home secretary said new civil orders were being considered which could be imposed against people suspected of “acts preparatory to terrorism” even if they had not committed an offence. He said the breach of such orders would be a criminal offence which could result in imprisonment.Full Story

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