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Saturday, March 12, 2011

UK issued first 'control orders'
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On March 12, 2005, UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke issued the first "control orders" limiting the movements of uncharged terror suspects. The order were issued under authority granted by the Prevention of Terrorism Act which had been passed the day before. The orders were issued against a total of 10 suspects previously released on bail under strict conditions. The control order scheme has faced criticism, with a UK parliamentary report concluding that the control orders may violate the European Convention on Human Rights, and Amnesty International has describing the system as violative of suspects' rights.

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