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A review of terror laws will expose further rifts within the coalition, argues Shami Chakrabarti

By Shami Chakrabarti   January 2011

Passions over university tuition fees make it easy to forget an even bigger test for coalition unity, which will be forced to a head by the review of counterterrorism measures now expected in the new year.

One of the most controversial issues is the use of control orders, introduced in 2005 as a face-saver for Tony Blair’s government after the law lords impugned his infamous Belmarsh internment policy. Control orders are an indefinite punishment without charge or trial, designating those handed them the label of “terror suspect” not for 42 or even 90 days, but forever. They impose severe restrictions…

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