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Britain to deport 10 on security threat suspicions

[JURIST] Under new antiterrorism measures [JURIST report] announced last week by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, UK police Thursday detained 10 foreigners, from countries including Jordan, Lebanon, and Algeria, who have been deemed to pose a security threat and scheduled them for deportation. The controversial policy of deporting those preaching violence or hatred or posing a threat to national security has drawn criticism from lawmakers [JURIST report], and the UN says such deportations might be a violation of international law [JURIST report]. British law forbids deportation to countries that practice torture, but Blair said he has agreements with some nations not to torture deportees and is trying to reach similar agreements with other nations as well. Most recently, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Wednesday that it had entered into agreement with Jordan [Xinhua report] that any Jordanians deported would not be tortured or otherwise mistreated and would not face the death penalty. The Independent has local coverage; AP has more.

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