UK anti-terror law 'repressive'

2012-03-26 19:12

London - Britain's anti-terrorism watchdog says a system under which suspected terrorists not charged with any crime where made to live under partial house arrest was among the most repressive measures used in the West.

David Anderson, a lawyer responsible for reviewing Britain's legal efforts to combat terrorism, said the system - known as control orders and scrapped last year - was at the "more repressive end of the spectrum of measures operated by comparable Western democracies".

In a report published on Monday he disclosed a total of 52 people were held under a control order between 2005 and 2011.

The system imposed a curfew of up to 16 hours per day, required suspects to wear an electronic anklet, restricted their contact with others, and could ban them from the internet.