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United Kingdom: Bill to Extend Pre-Charge Detention of Terrorists Challenged

(Apr. 2, 2008) A counter-terrorism bill that would extend from 28 days to 42 the period that suspected terrorists can be detained without charge is currently before the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The government's recently established Equality and Human Rights Commission has indicated that it will launch a legal challenge to the provisions of […]

United Kingdom: Extradition Order to U.S. Signed for Muslim Cleric

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom has signed an extradition order to the United States for controversial Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, where he is expected to face terrorism- related charges. Hamza al-Masri is currently in prison in the UK serving a seven-year term for inciting murder and preaching racial hatred. […]

United Kingdom: New Migrant Entry Tax for Public Services

(Mar. 2, 2008) The public services in the United Kingdom have faced a strain in light of increasing numbers of migrants utilizing them. The government has recently announced a new "immigration tax" that will be levied on immigrants entering the country for six months or more. The charge will be incorporated into visa fees, with […]

United Kingdom: New Immigration Fees Announced

(Feb. 2, 2008) The UK Home Office has announced new immigration fees as part of a reform of border security provisions. Although fees for a number of immigration services, such as those for student visas, will be unchanged, there will be increases to keep some fees in line with inflation. For the new points-based immigration […]

United Kingdom: New Immigration Fees Announced

(Feb. 2, 2008) The UK Home Office has announced new immigration fees as part of a reform of border security provisions. Although fees for a number of immigration services, such as those for student visas, will be unchanged, there will be increases to keep some fees in line with inflation. For the new points-based immigration […]

United Kingdom: Court Approves Extradition of Muslim Cleric

(Dec. 2, 2007) Abu Hamza al-Masri is currently serving a seven-year term in the United Kingdom on terror-related charges. Known as a radical Muslim cleric, he was convicted of urging his followers to kill Jews and other non-Muslims. He now faces charges in the United States for attempting to establish terrorist training camps in Oregon, […]

United Kingdom: First Woman Convicted Under Terrorism Act

(Dec. 2, 2007) Samina Malik, a female employee of the bookstore WH Smith at Heathrow Airport, is the first woman to have been convicted in the United Kingdom under the Terrorism Act. She has been found guilty of keeping terrorist manuals, specifically, articles "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act […]

United Kingdom: Highest Court Reviews Terrorism Control Orders

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 31, 2007, the United Kingdom's highest court, the House of Lords, gave broad support to the controversial government control-order regime for terrorism suspects. At present, there are 14 individuals subject to such orders, but three can no longer be located. The court also created new rights for those accused of […]