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UK court denies bail for terror suspect

(AP) LONDON – An Algerian imprisoned in Britain for six years without charge or trial for allegedly having links to Osama bin Laden was denied bail Thursday.

The man who was identified only by the initial “U,” was arrested in February 2001 on suspicion of being involved in planning attacks on Los Angeles airport and the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France.

Special Immigration Appeals Commission Judge John Mitting ruled the length of the suspect’s detention had not been excessive because his first four years in custody related to a now-lapsed U.S. extradition request, while the remaining two were due to current deportation proceedings.

The Algerian waived his right to contest the government’s case against him in November, Mitting said.

“He had not indicated to any extent whatever that he has disavowed his former beliefs or associates,” the judge said.

The man, who first came to Britain in 1994, previously held a senior position at a mujahedeen training camp in Afghanistan, according to security services. He also set up and led a terrorist group in Afghanistan, which was named after an alias he used at the time.

The suspect’s lawyer, Hugh Southey, argued his 44-year-old client had become “damaged goods” in the eyes of any terrorist because he was bound to be kept under surveillance if released.

“He is somebody who an intelligent person who wanted to carry out illicit or illegal acts would steer well clear of,” he told the court.

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August 24, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, Homeland security, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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