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Control order suspect is released

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AE, an Iraqi Kurd in his 30s, is the second person to have an order lifted

A terrorist suspect known as AE has been released from his control order, the Home Office has confirmed.

This follows a House of Lords ruling that people who are subject to such restrictions must be given details of the allegations they face.

AE, who has been subject to such an order for three and half years, is the second person to have his lifted.

His lawyers said they were examining the possibility of seeking damages from the government.

Control orders restrict the freedoms of some terror suspects and can include house arrest-style conditions, including curfews and restrictions on working, studying and communication.

We may be forced to revoke control orders even where we consider those orders to be necessary to protect the public from a risk of terrorism.
Home Office

BBC home affairs correspondent June Kelly said it was "another setback" for the government's control order scheme.

Overall, about 40 people have been held on control orders over the four years they have been in force, with 14 still in place.

In a statement, the Home Office said the decision followed the Lords' ruling that secret evidence must be revealed to suspects on control orders.

It said: "Where this disclosure cannot be made for the protection of the public interest, including our national security, we may be forced to revoke control orders even where we consider those orders to be necessary to protect the public from a risk of terrorism.

"In such circumstances we will take all steps necessary to protect the public. The police and security service seek to investigate and monitor the activities of those believed to pose a threat to national security."

The type of information that may have been subject to disclosure would have included secret material gathered by MI5.

There are long-standing rules governing the disclosure of secret evidence because of the risk of compromising sources or revealing how information is gathered.

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