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Johnson’s fury as terror suspects get right to sue

The Home Secretary is to appeal “in the strongest possible terms” against a landmark High Court ruling given yesterday which paves the way for two terror suspects to sue for damages.

In the first cases of their kind, a judge quashed control orders imposed on AF and AE, who cannot be named for legal reasons. The orders date back to 2006 and initially included 18-hour curfews as well as other restrictions on who the men could contact.

Neither man has stood trial.

Last June the House of Lords ruled the control orders against both men were unfair because they were largely based on secret intelligence kept from them.

Yesterday the High Court said the orders must not only be revoked but quashed with retrospective effect.

The decision effectively gives the go-ahead for damages claims for loss of liberty and alleged human rights violations dating back to 2006 when the orders were first imposed.

“I'm very disappointed by this judgment and will be appealing in the strongest possible terms,” Home Secretary Alan Johnson said.

Belfast Telegraph