Control orders enabled the Home Secretary to impose an almost unlimited range of restrictions on any person they suspect of involvement in terrorism. Parliament had to vote every year to continue the control order scheme.
Almost immediately after coming to power in 2010, the Government announced
that it would review the counter-terror laws and policies adopted by the former
Government (read our consultation response). As a result of that review,
the Government scrapped control orders – but replaced them in January 2012 with
Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs).
TPIMs are simply a ‘control order-lite’, replicating the worst aspects of
the control order regime. These new measures are still outside of the criminal
justice system – potentially punishing the innocent while the truly dangerous
may remain at large in the community.
Even though the Government claims TPIMs are fairer than control orders, in reality they are just the same. The new system of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures:
Crucially, TPIMs will still be initiated by the Home Secretary – and the regime will continue to run outside the criminal justice system of investigation, arrest, charge and conviction.
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If you are subject to the TPIMs regime, you might not be able to:
If you did any of these things in breach of the TPIMs notice you could be
put in jail for up to five years.
This unfairness is compounded by the fact someone subject to a TPIMs
notice is not likely to know the substance of the case against them and is
powerless to dispute it or show their innocence. The use of this secret
evidence was ruled by the House of Lords in June 2009 to be a breach of the
right to a fair trial for three men under control orders. Find out more about control orders in this brief introduction (PDF)
Before being allowed to follow his family to Jordan in July 2009, Mahmoud Abu Rideh was punished without charge in Belmarsh prison for three years and then under a control order for four and a half years. His subsequent breakdown and stay in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, as well as suicide attempts have been devastating to his wife and small children. Read more of Abu Rideh's story in The Independent, July 2009.
You can also read Cerie Bullivant's moving account of what life is like under a control order in this PDF: Cerie Bullivant's story.
The Coalition Government included control orders in their 2010 Review of
Counter Terror and Security Powers - read our response to the Counter
Terror Review consultation (PDF).