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Rights court says men held illegally

February 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The European Court of Human Rights found Britain guilty of unlawfully detaining nine men under an anti-terrorism law that was passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The nine plaintiffs -- six Algerians, a Jordanian, a Tunisian and a man of Palestinian origin -- were suspected of ties to Al Qaeda. They were detained from December 2001 to October 2003.

The court also ordered London not to deport one of the men, Jordanian preacher Abu Qatada, before it examined an appeal in which he said he risked torture in his own country. Britain's highest court ruled Wednesday that Qatada should be returned to Jordan.

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