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Parole board can use terrorism powers, say law lords

PUBLISHED July 8, 2005

The parole board can use the "special advocates" system - controversially used in terrorism cases - to keep evidence secret from Harry Roberts, a prisoner seeking release on licence, the law lords ruled by a 3-2 majority yesterday.

But the system was damned in strong terms by the two dissenting judges, with one of the most senior law lords predicting it would be ruled unlawful by the European court of human rights in Strasbourg.