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Life under a control order

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:38 AM, Monday, 13 July 2009

This morning: an exclusive interview with someone living under a control order. Control orders were introduced by the government in anti-terrorism legislation in 2005. They gave ministers the power to place terrorism suspects, who they say can't be prosecuted in the courts, under close supervision. The reason the suspects can't be prosecuted in the courts could be because the evidence against them has been collected by methods that could inlcude bugging - and so are inadmissible - or because using it could reveal intelligence sources.

Last month nine Law Lords ruled it was unfair that three terrorism suspects should be kept in the dark about the allegations against them. The ruling has called into question the future of control orders.

I've just finished recording an interview with a man known as AR - he's been living in Greater Manchester on a control order since April 2008. He's accused of being a senior member of a terrorist organisation called the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group which has links with Al Qaeda and opposes the Gadafi regime in Libya. The conditions of his control order mean he cannot leave his house between 8.30 at night and 8.30 in the morning. He can't use the internet. He can only call essential telephone numbers agreed with the police. He cannot go further than a 3 mile boundary around his house - and all his home visits are restricted to one guest at a time.

This is the judgement from Judge Justice Mitting in November 2008 when AR appealed to the High Court arguing that his control order breached the right to a fair trial.


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