Plans to hold terrorist suspects under house arrest suffered another blow yesterday when the government failed to convince a special court that an "extremist" confined to his home ought to be sent back to prison.

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, claimed that the man, an Algerian identified as G, breached stringent bail conditions imposed when he became the first of the 12 detainees held without charge to be freed from custody.
Mr Clarke claimed two people not on an authorised list of visitors had called at the home of G, who has alleged connections to al-Qaida, and spent 20 minutes there.

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