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UK must change ‘embarrassing’ libel law: Clegg


Clegg acknowledged the government faces a struggle to reform the contentious system of “control orders,” under which a handful or terrorist suspects are held under a form of house arrest because there is not enough evidence to take them to court.

“I don’t think it’s justifiable to impose virtual house arrest without having to charge or convict someone first,” Clegg said, but he admitted that there was “a small number of people” who are a danger to Britain, but can’t be brought to court.

Clegg said the control order system would be changed, but he couldn’t say how.

“I am going to change it,” he said. “What I am not prepared now to say is what aspect of the regime is going to change.”

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