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Terror laws face new court test

PUBLISHED February 7, 2005

Suspects detained at Belmarsh prison and Broadmoor high security hospital have launched a case at the European court of human rights that could wreck the government's plan to replace detention in prison with house arrest, the Guardian has learned.

The case challenges the policy of indefinite detention without charge or trial. By questioning the assumption that terrorism poses an emergency threatening the life of the nation, it could also strike at the heart of the house arrest proposals.