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UK human rights committee questions legality of new terror law

[JURIST] The UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website] questioned the legality of proposed anti-terror legislation that grants the home secretary power to order house arrests of terror suspects in a report [text] released Friday. The committee's report presents a new challenge for the government, which had hoped to rush the recently announced [JURIST report] legislation through Parliament so it would take effect before the current anti-terror legislation [text] expires on March 14. The committee report expressed concerns over the increased powers of Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official bio] to order detentions, a power that previously required prior judicial authorization. Clarke has said that the law would include an automatic judicial review of any detentions within a week. The proposed law, the Prevention of Terrorism Bill [text], is expected to pass the Commons by Monday. From London, the Times has more.

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