Blair's New Anti-Terror Law Wins Approval
Friday March 11, 2005 7:31 PM
By ED JOHNSON
Associated Press Writer
LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Tony Blair's
anti-terrorism law was approved Friday by the House of
Lords, ending a bitter standoff between the government
and political opponents. The Prevention of Terrorism
Bill was expected to receive the formality of royal
assent later Friday and become law.
The measure gives the government new powers to detain
suspected terrorists under house arrest, impose
curfews and electronic tagging without trial, three
days before similar legislation was due to expire.
The development came as eight foreign suspected
terrorists, including a radical Muslim cleric with
alleged links to al-Qaida, were granted bail Friday.
Abu Qatada, who is accused of having extensive
contacts with terrorists, was granted bail at a
special commission in London. He had spent three years
in a high security prison without charge.