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01/10/01
Police to Get New Extra-Judicial Powers
- Indefinite detention and automatic expulsion lined up for asylum -seekers

TONY BLAIR has decided to introduce tough anti-refugee measures as part of his drive to put the government on a 'war'-footing.

Emergency laws will be rushed through parliament giving police powers both to lock up asylum-seekers suspected of having links to terrorism, and to expel them without any right of appeal.

Such measures have long been held dear by Home Office ministers of both Labour and Tory colours but have never been introduced thanks to pressure from civil libertarians. In the hyped up atmosphere of impending war, such pressure can now be swatted aside with relatively little political fall-out.

Instead, the fall-out will descend on any number of refugees deemed by the police and Home Office to represent a terrorist threat. As has been the case so far in the wake of the suicide attacks on New York and Washington DC, publicly available evidence and due process are seen as annoying encumbrances in prosecuting the ill-defined, open-ended war.

Instead, life-and-death decisions will go behind doors to secretive Home Office and police bodies who will be free, arbitarilly, to pick and choose who is, and who is not, a terrorist.

One group with more to fear than most could be Kurdish asylum-seekers, who make up a significant proportion of refugees into the UK, especially in London. With Turkey seen as a key member of the alliance against 'world terrorism', Kurds campaigning for autonomy in Turkey are more likely than before to face deportation.




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