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Left list election candidate held at Heathrow

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Tower Hamlets councillor Oliur Rahman, a Left List candidate in the 1 May London Assembly elections, was detained at Heathrow airport under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Issue 2095
Oliur Rahman (right) with an Egyptian peasant activist at the Cairo conference
Oliur Rahman (right) with an Egyptian peasant activist at the Cairo conference

Tower Hamlets councillor Oliur Rahman, a Left List candidate in the 1 May London Assembly elections, was detained at Heathrow airport under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

He was questioned about why he attended the Sixth Cairo international anti-war conference, held in Egypt last week.

The Cairo Conference has been a central rallying point for anti-war activists and a focus of opposition to the repressive Egyptian regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

It appears that while Oliur can travel to a political conference in a dictatorship to meet other peace activists, he cannot come through Heathrow without being held and harassed by Gordon Brown’s secret police.

He has now been released. More news to follow.

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