British authorities to deport 500 Muslim extremists

British authorities to deport 500 Muslim extremists
Aug 7, 2005 12:40:00 PM$All/189DD5D13B7B48E26525705600286DB4?OpenDocument
London, Aug 7 (PTI) In a massive crackdown on extremists following the
London terror attacks, British authorities will deport in phases as many as
500 radical Muslims, out of which a dozen clerics will be sent to their
homelands over the next two weeks.
The move follows Prime Minister Tony Blair's announcement last week of a
purge on terrorists and extremists.

Immigration officials have already been given a list of names, compiled by
MI5, and told to begin proceedings. Among the first to be deported will be a
dozen radical clerics. But hundreds of other foreign extremists, including
some Islamic bookshop owners, writers, teachers and website operators will
also go, the 'News of the World' newspaper reported.

"Just as the police operation over the past four weeks has been dynamic and
fast-paced, so will our response," a senior home official was quoted as

All 500 names have been taken from a "watch list" of extremists compiled
over the past five years by the Intelligence Service. Their identities are
being kept secret so that they will not be able to go into hiding or mount a
legal challenge.

The deportation process will begin after Home Secretary Charles Clarke
returns from holiday this week.

An initial wave of up to 100 people will be booted out in the next month,
officials at both the Home Office and the Foreign Office revealed.

Another 100 foreign nationals will then be sent home by the end of the year.
And 300 more will be sent home next year once the government has new laws in
place to strip them of their British citizenship. Over the next week
agreements will be completed with ten African and Middle Eastern countries
to make sure they will accept the extremists. PTI