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UK House of Commons passes anti-terror bill

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons passed the Prevention of Terrorism Bill [PDF text] by a vote of 272-219 Monday, despite objections that the anti-terror bill didn't receive proper debate. Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] has said that he will amend the bill [JURIST report] so that judicial approval is necessary before the government can detain terror suspects under house arrest. Rather than include the amendment into the legislation considered by the House of Commons, Clarke promised that the amendment will be added to the bill when it is considered by the House of Lords Tuesday. Lawmakers face some urgency in passing the legislation as current rules allowing the detention of terror suspects will expire March 14. Bloomberg has more.

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