Azara Blog: Goverment screws up yet again over terrorism arrests

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Date published: 2008/04/23

The BBC says:

The case of 12 men arrested over a suspected bomb plot in the UK who were all later released without any charges is to be independently reviewed.

Eleven Pakistani nationals are now in UK Border Agency custody and face possible deportation.

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC will look at the case as part of his ongoing role as independent reviewer of terrorism laws.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Peter Fahy, defended the arrests, saying he was not "embarrassed".

But the Muslim Council of Britain says the government should admit it had made a mistake and claimed the way it had dealt with the men was "dishonourable".

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's spokesman told reporters: "We are seeking to remove these individuals on grounds of national security.

"The government's highest priority is to protect public safety. Where a foreign national poses a threat to the country, we will seek to exclude or deport them where appropriate."

However, lawyers for the men point out that they have not been charged and are innocent of any crime.

Brown is sinking further and further into the quagmire as he desperately tries to save his failed premiership. His actions in this case are particularly despicable. Rather than admit the government and police got it wrong (yet again) he is willing to ruin the lives of these men. It is also unfortunate that the government believes it has the right to deport people without any due process.

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