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The 'sheikh of death' must be barred

AS LONDON paused on Thursday to remember its bomb victims, Tony Blair announced a list of anti-terrorist measures aimed at curbing the activities of firebrand Islamic clerics. The new laws will permit the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, to ban or deport any imam suspected of radicalising Britain's Muslim youth.

One of the targets of this new legislation is the controversial Egyptian preacher, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Labelled the 'theologian of terror' for his support of suicide bombings, Qaradawi caused outrage in London last year when invited by its mayor, Ken Livingstone.

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