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Canada considers expanded terrorist 'control measures' for citizens

[JURIST] Canadian citizens may be subjected to expanded "control measures" such as house arrests currently being developed for use against immigrant terror suspects, Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler [official profile] has said. The proposed detention rules are meant to expand authorities' options in dealing with immigrants arrested on suspicion of terrorism other than jailing them. However, Cotler said Wednesday that the control measures could also be used for Canadian citizens suspected of terrorism ties. Under the Anti-Terrorism Act [text], passed in 2001, the government, subject to judicial approval, can arrest and jail citizens if it is believed that such action will prevent terrorist acts. The control measures were inspired by recent legislation approved in the UK [JURIST report] that gives authorities more flexibility in dealing with terrorism suspects. Irwin said the proposal offers a middle ground between indefinite imprisonment and release. The Globe and Mail has more.

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