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UK minister outlines tough new anti-terror laws

[JURIST] UK Home Office minister Hazel Blears [official website] announced in a letter to opposition leaders released late Friday that the British government plans to create new criminal offenses covering incitement and the teaching or receiving of terrorist training in an effort to prosecute criminals before they commit terrorist acts. Under the proposed laws, it will also be illegal to provide or receive training in the use of substances deemed hazardous under international conventions, whether it occurs within the UK or abroad. Earlier this week Prime Minister Tony Blair supported the notion of identifying and deporting radical imams [JURIST report] who preached hatred and praised terrorists, and Blears confirmed that wide-ranging incitement laws would reach to clerics who glorified acts of terrorism in a way that incited further violence. From London, The Times has local coverage.

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