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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4858627,00.html Blair s New Anti-Terror Law Wins Approval Friday March 11, 2005 7:31 PM By ED JOHNSON
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      http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4858627,00.html

      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.
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