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NZ ‘not soft on terrorism’

Prime Minister Helen Clark confirmed yesterday that no suspected terrorists or terror organisations had been added to an obligatory list nominated by the United Nations. National defence spokesman Murray McCully said Australia had designated 88 extra individuals and Canada more than 50 and asked whether a failure to use the provisions led to Rayed Abdullah Mohammed Ali – who flatted and trained with a September 11 terrorist and who was deported last month – being able to enter and remain in New Zealand. Mr Ali was able to enter New Zealand unnoticed simply by adding a new surname. Mr McCully asked whether Mr Ali might have been more easily identified at the border had the Government designated obvious terrorist associates. Full Story

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