Terrorism is defined by Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000 where ‘the use or threat is designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or intimidate the public or a section of the public’; and ‘the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause.’
This may include violence towards a person, damage to property, endangering another person’s life, serious risk to the health and safety of the public and to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.
The legislation would also expand to planning or assisting terrorism including researching how to commit acts of terrorism.
The three main significant areas of Counter-Terrorism Legislation are the Terrorism Act 2000, the Terrorism Act 2006 and the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019.
These create a wide range of offences including:
Encouraging terrorism can be done in the form of publishing materials, providing or receiving terrorist training, possessing documents relating to terrorism and failing to inform the police of a suspected terrorist.
Stop and Search
Section 43(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000 allows for a police officer to stop and search a person they suspect of being a terrorist to discover if the person has anything in their possession that could be constituted as evidence of terrorism. The Act also expands powers to stop and search a vehicle.
As per the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005,
If the Home Office suspects you of engaging in terrorist activities, they can impose a ‘Control Order’ over you. This would restrict your liberties for the purpose of “protecting members of the public from a risk of terrorism”.
A control order could restrict what a person can use or possess, their movement and who they speak to. For example, you may be restricted from accessing the internet, asked to forfeit your passport, unable to attend your place of work and even be electronically tagged to monitor movements and allow for police visits to your home.
If you are suspected of terrorism, the police can arrest you and keep you under detention for up to 28 days before charging for under the Terrorism Act 2006.
Terrorism charges are extremely serious, if found guilty they can have huge consequences on your life, from a long custodial sentence to loss of employment and constant monitoring by the authorities.
If you are suspected of terrorism or fear you are under an investigation, it is imperative you contact the specialist lawyers at Mi solicitors today. We can advise you throughout the whole process, we understand how scary and stressful facing charges are to you and your family. We will ensure you are given the best possible defence with our lawyers having expertise and specialist knowledge in this complex area of law.
We can represent you on a range of cases, including and not limited to:
– Incitement of terrorism
– Funding terrorism
– Conspiracy to murder
– Glorifying an act of terrorism
– Failing to disclose information regarding a terrorist
– Being a member of a terrorist organisation