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  Probe into police 'bugging' of MP
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Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Feb 03, 2008 06:10am
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News DateSunday, February 3, 2008 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionJustice Secretary Jack Straw has ordered an inquiry into claims police bugged a Muslim Labour MP as he visited a constituent in jail.

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan and Babar Ahmad were recorded twice in Milton Keynes's Woodhill Prison, the Sunday Times says.

The US is seeking to extradite Mr Ahmad on suspicion of running websites raising funds for the Taleban.

Mr Straw said it was "completely unacceptable" for an MP to be recorded while talking to a constituent.

The bugging is said to have been carried out by officers from Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch during visits by Mr Khan to the Milton Keynes jail in 2005 and 2006.

The 37-year-old MP and government whip has campaigned for Mr Ahmad's release.

The detained man faces no charges in the UK and is awaiting a decision from the European Courts to discover if he will be extradited to the US.

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