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UK forced to release innocent Muslims held under anti-terror law

Five terror suspects free on bail

Five men held without charge under anti-terror powers due to lapse have been released from Belmarsh prison.

Syrian preacher Abu Qatada, and four others known as 'E', 'H', 'Q' and 'K' have left the prison.

A further three are likely to be granted bail and released over the next few days.

The Special Immigration Appeal Commission (Siac) earlier freed an Algerian known as 'A', on condition he wear an electronic tag.

Siac said similar bail was granted "in principle" to the eight others, and relaxed conditions for another, 'G'.

Six are in Woodhill and Belmarsh prisons and two at Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital.

The three remaining suspects are Abu Rideh and two detainees known as 'P' and 'B'.

The men have been held for up to three-and-a-half years under laws - introduced after the 11 September attacks - allowing the detention without trial of foreign terror suspects who cannot be deported.

But the measures have been ruled unlawful by Law Lords and expire on 14 March.

The planned replacement, the Prevention of Terrorism Bill - which would allow "control orders" including a form of house arrest to be imposed on British and foreign terror suspects - is being debated between the Commons and Lords.

Terror suspect A, a married father-of-five from Algeria, was the only one of the detainees to appear before Thursday's Siac hearing in person.

Siac chairman Mr Justice Ouseley said the other terror suspects at Belmarsh likely to be released would be taken directly to their homes and fitted with electronic tags.

Syrian preacher Abu Qatada, and E, H, K, P and Q were detained at Woodhill and Belmarsh, and Palestinian Abu Rideh, 33, and detainee B, at Broadmoor.

Detainees with no home address will have accommodation provided by their local authorities or the National Asylum Support Service.

The bail conditions, based on proposals handed to the court on Thursday morning by the Home Office, closely resemble the controversial proposals being fought out in Parliament.

On Thursday Siac chairman Mr Justice Ouseley told the hearing: "Now that the secretary of state has decided that he is not going to seek certain levels of restrictions, for people to stay in detention while the precise degree of freedom is resolved seems to me quite unnecessary.

"They can be released on more restrictive terms and the fine tuning can be carried out later."

He told A that strict conditions were attached to his release.

"It's very important for your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of your family - with whom you will shortly be reunited - that you keep to these bail terms," said Mr Justice Ouseley.


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