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Activist convicted of UK terror offence for refusing to unlock phone

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An offici­al stated the legislation below which the particular person was convic­ted is crucia­l to helpin­g preserve public protected

Speaking outside the court, Cage director Muhammad Rabbani called for Britain's anti-terrorism legislation to be changed. PHOTO: AFP

Talking outdoors the courtroom, Cage director Muhammad Rabbani referred to as for Britain’s anti-terrorism laws to be modified. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: An activist with a London-based rights group was convicted of a terrorism offence on Monday for refusing to disclose the passwords for his cellphone and laptop computer pc to the police.

Muhammad Rabbani, worldwide director on the Cage advocacy group, was stopped for questioning at London’s Heathrow airport on November 20, 2016, and arrested after refusing to disclose the passwords.

Cage has campaigned since 2003 on behalf of people that have allegedly suffered abuses in the USA’ struggle in opposition to terrorism.

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Rabbani informed the courtroom he wished to guard a Qatari shopper.“It was a case involving the US in opposition to a person who was allegedly tortured over the course of 12 or 13 years in US custody,” he stated.

“There have been round 30,000 (paperwork) which I used to be particularly uncomfortable dealing with and I felt an unlimited accountability to attempt to discharge the belief that was given to me,” he stated.

However the courtroom dismissed Rabbani’s arguments and handed him a 12-month conditional discharge, which means no additional motion can be taken until he commits an extra offence.

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Rabbani, 36, was additionally ordered to pay a high quality of £620 ($835, 705 euros) and police have seized his cellphone and laptop computer.

Talking outdoors courtroom, Rabbani stated the legislation amounted to a “digital strip search” and referred to as for the laws to be modified.

“I took the choice to not elevate the main points of an vital torture case earlier than my arrest and in the end I’ve been convicted of defending the confidentiality of my shopper,” he stated.

“If privateness and confidentiality are crimes, then the legislation stands condemned.”

The pinnacle of London’s counter-terrorism command, Dean Haydon, stated the legislation below which Rabbani was convicted was essential “to assist preserve the general public protected”.

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“Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is an important instrument within the struggle in opposition to terrorism and we’re dedicated to making sure the facility is used appropriately and proportionately, because it was on this case,” he stated in an announcement.

Schedule 7 was additionally utilized in 2013 in opposition to the accomplice of Glenn Greenwald, the US journalist behind the Edward Snowden intelligence leaks.

David Miranda, a Brazilian citizen, was held for 9 hours at Heathrow airport whereas police questioned him and seized objects together with his cellphone and laptop computer.

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