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1974

Gerry CONLON JAILED FOR LIFE FOR THE IRA's GUILDFORD PUB BOMBINGS

Britain hit by terrorist attacks

Prevention of Terrorism Act, introduced after Guildford, allows longer detention of suspects

Judges sit without juries in terrorist trials in Northern Ireland

Judge-only courts rejected for Britain

Ministers reject ID cards

European Court of Human Rights criticises Labour government policy

15 years later, convictions quashed. Anti-terror laws cited for this injustice

2005

Gerry CONLON YESTERDAY. `COMPLETELY EXONERATED' BY AN APOLOGETIC TONY BLAIR

Britain fears terrorist attacks

Anti-Terrorism Act allows for indefinite detention without trial for foreign terror suspects

Judges sit alone in immigration appeals involving terror suspects

More judge-only hearings proposed

Ministers support ID cards

Law Lords criticise Labour government policy

Even as Tony Blair apologies, he backs tougher anti-terror approach

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