LondonNet News Headlines
14/11/01
Blunkett Plans Comeback for Internment
- Imprisonment without trial likely for foreigners suspected of having terrorist links

IMPRISONMENT without trial is on the cards for foreigners in the UK suspected of being linked to terrorist groups.

Home Secretary David Blunkett is keen for Britain to opt out of Article Five of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bans imprisonment without trial. But Blunkett is set to sweep aside the views of civil rights who view internment as a denial of basic legal rights.

Blunkett's move comes in response to the September 11 events in the USA and more specifically the residence of a handful of suspected foreign Islamist terrorists in the UK.

Internment was used at various times in recent British history as a means of combating Irish republican terrorism, but often caused more problems than it solved by stirring up anti-government feeling.

Against a pre-September 11 background of summer race riots, Blunkett's move is seen by many as a dangerous one for Muslims in places like Bradford and Oldham, as its likely initial effect will be to further demonise already under-fire communities.




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