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Britain signs deportation deal with Jordan
www.chinaview.cn 2005-08-11 01:43:08

    LONDON, Aug. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Britain has signed an agreement with Jordan, which allows British courts to depart Jordanians considered to pose a threat to its national security and public order, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) confirmed here Wednesday.

    Under the agreement, Britain could deport Jordanians who incite or condone acts of terrorism in preaching or writing and Jordan would have to guarantee that a deportee would not be tortured or otherwise mistreated at home and would not face the death penalty.

    The agreement, based on a memorandum of understanding reached between the two countries last month in London, was formally signed in Amman, capital of Jordan, on Wednesday by British embassy officials and Jordanian Interior Minister Awni Yarfas.

    "The dreadful attacks in London on 7 July have reminded us of the tragic consequences of international terrorism, and underlined the need to work together for the most effective international response," said a FCO spokesman.

    "We greatly appreciate the warm and constructive approach shown by the Jordanian authorities during the negotiations, which reflects the spirit of cooperation that exists between our two countries," he added.

    The latest development is part of Britain's sweeping anti-terror plans after London bombings on 7 July which killed 56 people.

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair unveiled last week a series of plans to extend powers to "deport any foreign nationals inciting extremism" and refuse asylum seekers in UK if they are found to advocate extremism. Enditem

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