'Bin Laden's envoy' faces deportation under new law

Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said yesterday that he was taking new powers by amending the Immigration and Asylum Bill, now going through Parliament, to deport or exclude from Britain people who incited others to commit terrorist acts.

The Home Office will draw up a list of "unacceptable behaviour" such as preaching a message of hatred, running websites or writing articles intended to "foment or provoke terrorism" and compile an international database of extremists for immigration officers. Such behaviour would not be permitted by anyone with leave to enter or remain in this country, Mr Clarke said. If people in the United Kingdom engaged in such actions, it might be appropriate to deport them.

The Jordanian-born cleric Abu Qatada was held in Belmarsh prison without charge after the 11 September attacks and is now the subject of a control order. His sermons were found in a flat used by the 11 September hijackers and he is believed to have inspired the shoe bomber, Richard Reid.

He has been convicted of terrorism in his absence in Jordan and several European states are believed to be trying to extradite him. The Government will try to deport Abu Qatada under an agreement with Jordan that guarantees deportees will not be mistreated. A second Jordanian previously held at Belmarsh, Abu Rideh, could also face deportation. The process could take years as he could challenge removal in the British courts, but yesterday's agreement reduces the prospect of a ruling that deportation breaches the European Convention on Human Rights. Ministers hope to conclude similar agreements with Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia so that up to 20 known extremists can be deported.

Tony Blair will today ask the intelligence and security services whether they still oppose the use of evidence from telephone tapping against suspected terrorists. He told MPs that that he was in favour "in principle" but security chiefs had advised in the past that the disadvantages would outweigh the benefits. The Prime Minister said that he planned to host a conference to bring together all countries affected by Islamist extremism "to try to take concerted action, right across the world, to try to root out this type of extremist teaching."

Human rights groups expressed their concern. Kate Allen, of Amnesty International, said: "Promises from countries like Jordan, known to have used torture, are not worth the paper they are written on."

n A 30-year-old man has been charged with a public order offence after leaflets allegedly intended to incite racial hatred were delivered outside a mosque.

Mohammed Rahman, of Edmonton, north London, is accused under section 5 of the Public Order Act of causing "harassment, alarm and distress". He will appear at Enfield magistrates' court tomorrow, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

Police were called to the mosque in Fore Street, Edmonton, on Monday night after elders there alleged that the leaflets were being delivered.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Solved after 200 years: the mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army

Solved after 200 years

The mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army
Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

Investigation underway into wreck of an unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden
Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes

Age of the selfie

Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes
Not so square: How BBC's Bloomsbury saga is sexing up the period drama

Not so square

How Virginia Woolf saga is sexing up the BBC period drama
Rio Olympics 2016: The seven teenagers still carrying a torch for our Games hopes

Still carrying the torch

The seven teenagers given our Olympic hopes
The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis...

...but history suggests otherwise
The bald truth: How one author's thinning hair made him a Wayne Rooney sympathiser

The bald truth

How thinning hair made me a Wayne Rooney sympathiser
Froome wins second Tour de France after triumphant ride into Paris with Team Sky

Tour de France 2015

Froome rides into Paris to win historic second Tour
Fifteen years ago, Concorde crashed, and a dream died. Today, the desire to travel faster than the speed of sound is growing once again

A new beginning for supersonic flight?

Concorde's successors are in the works 15 years on from the Paris crash
I would never quit Labour, says Liz Kendall

I would never quit party, says Liz Kendall

Latest on the Labour leadership contest
Froome seals second Tour de France victory

Never mind Pinot, it’s bubbly for Froome

Second Tour de France victory all but sealed
Oh really? How the 'lowest form of wit' makes people brighter and more creative

The uses of sarcasm

'Lowest form of wit' actually makes people brighter and more creative
A magazine editor with no vanity, and lots of flair

No vanity, but lots of flair

A tribute to the magazine editor Ingrid Sischy
Foraging: How the British rediscovered their taste for chasing after wild food

In praise of foraging

How the British rediscovered their taste for wild food