UK government angry as terrorism suspects get bail


LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government reacted angrily on Thursday after a tribunal granted bail to four North African terrorism suspects facing deportation under a policy introduced after London bombings in July.

The special immigration tribunal denied bail to another five men, including Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada, who British authorities say was a leading inspiration for al Qaeda in Europe. Another suspect's bail case was adjourned.

"We are disappointed that the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) has granted bail to some of those individuals currently detained pending deportation," Home Office junior minister Hazel Blears said in a statement.


None of the 10 men -- all North Africans apart from Abu Qatada -- has been charged with any crime, and their lawyers say they should be allowed to address any accusations in an open trial.

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