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NGO director hits out at UK's 'intrusive' laws

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A director of a British-based human rights group has accused Western governments using “more and more intrusive powers” to detain and question people coming to their countries, Anadolu Agency reports.

Muhammad Rabbani, international director of an NGO called CAGE, was charged with willfully obstructing and seeking to frustrate a search made under anti-terrorism legislation at London’s Heathrow Airport when he was entering the U.K. in November 2016.

Rabbani -- who is currently on bail and faces a court appearance in London on June 20 -- is now warning that thousands of foreign visitors to Britain could face similar treatment.

A civil rights controversy began when Rabbani was charged for refusing to surrender passwords for his computer and cell phone to the authorities.

Set up in 2003, CAGE says its focus is on “raising awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror”.

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