Two men suspected of having ties to international terrorism have won the right to seek compensation from the British government over the restrictions imposed upon them.

The ruling could potentially allow dozens of terror suspects to take the government to court over so-called control orders, which authorities have used to curtail the movements of some terror suspects and subject others to virtual house arrest without trial.

High Court Justice Stephen Silber said the control orders imposed on the men in 2006 were illegal and that the men could seek redress. But he warned the men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, that they would not necessarily succeed in their quest for compensation.

The government declined to say whether it would appeal on Monday.

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