UK: European law hampering terrorism fight

February 3, 2011 15:56

 Britain's anti-terrorism watchdog says European law preventing the UK from deporting some foreign terror suspects has made the country a safe haven for extremists.

Alex Carlile, a House of Lords member responsible for reviewing legal efforts to combat terrorism, sharply criticized the European Court of Human Rights in an annual report published Thursday.

He said the court's decision to stop Britain from sending suspects to their homelands if a risk exists that they may be mistreated had made Britain "a safe haven" for those plotting attacks.

In May, European law prevented the alleged ringleader of an al-Qaida bomb plot and another man regarded by British authorities as a serious threat to national security from being returned to their native Pakistan.

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