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Four Suspected Terrorists Granted Bail in Britain

October 21, 2005|From Associated Press

LONDON — A British tribunal granted bail Thursday to four Algerian terrorism suspects facing extradition, a ruling that was condemned by a government official who said the men posed a threat to national security.

The four men, whose names were not released, were detained in August as part of a crackdown after the July transit bombings in London.

The bail conditions amount to virtual house arrest.

The four were among 10 suspects who had applied for bail to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

The tribunal ordered the four suspects released pending the outcome of appeals against their detentions. Five other suspects' bail applications were turned down. The only one of those five identified was Abu Qatada, a Palestinian who carries a Jordanian passport.

Hazel Blears, the Home Office minister, said the government was disappointed with the bail decision.

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