Norfolk

Terror suspect confined to Norwich loses compensation bid

A terror suspect who claimed his human rights were violated after spending three years confined in a Norwich flat under a Home Office control order has lost his bid for compensation.

He was forced to live under a 14-hour-a-day curfew in the flat between August 2006 and June 2009.

At London's Civil Appeal Court, the man's lawyers argued the control order was unlawful and breached his rights.

But the court ruled it did not breach the Iraqi man's human rights.

'Grounds of suspicion'

The man was forced to wear a tag until June 2009 when the control order was revoked.

He also had to report daily to a monitoring company, was banned from associating with a list of suspected radicals, had to stay within a fixed boundary in the centre and inner suburbs of the city and was allowed a landline as his only means of communication, a court heard.

The man's lawyers argued the control order breached his right to liberty, enshrined in the Human Rights Convention.

However, three top judges ruled that, despite his "high degree of social isolation" in Norwich, his treatment was justified.

Lord Justice Maurice Kay said the man - referred to in court only as AH - arrived in the UK in 2000 and, although he was refused refugee status, was granted "exceptional leave" to stay in Britain for four years.

Order retracted

He returned to Iraq when that permission expired, but later returned to Britain and, in 2005, was arrested pending deportation on national security grounds.

The Home Office later retracted the deportation order and AH was released from detention.

He was charged with terrorist offences and, although he was acquitted in 2006, he was given the tough control order straight after the jury cleared him.

Lord Justice Kay, sitting with Lord Justice Carnwath and Lady Justice Hallett, said AH was given more information about the Home Office's "grounds of suspicion" than in many other control order cases.

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