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Clarke confronts judges on terror law

PUBLISHED September 7, 2005

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, has given a fresh warning to judges not to frustrate his decision to deport terror suspects by insisting the courts respect human rights deals struck with countries such as Jordan.

His insistence that the courts should not follow existing European case law in this area is the strongest indication that the government is serious about changing "the rules of the game" in the fight against terrorism.
It also shows that ministers are prepared to challenge judges directly in their attempt to deport suspected international terrorists and extremists who incite hatred in Britain.