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Terrorism: Foreigners

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria apply in taking decisions on whether to (a) deport and (b) charge terrorist suspects from overseas following their arrest. (273318)

The criteria which apply to a decision to deport in these circumstances are first, that the person’s deportation from the United Kingdom would be conducive to the public good, and second, that the person’s removal to the intended destination would be consistent with the United Kingdom’s international obligations.

The policy for charging terrorist suspects from overseas is the same as for all suspects and is set out in the Crown Prosecution Service’s Code for Crown prosecutors. In all cases, there are two tests: whether there is sufficient evidence; and whether a prosecution is in the public interest. Whether it would be in the public interest to prosecute such cases will depend on the particular facts of each case.