Why Cage director was guilty of withholding password

  • 25 September 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Muhammad Rabbani: Convicted - but set to appeal

One of the directors of the controversial campaign group Cage has been found guilty of wilfully obstructing police by refusing to hand over his phone Pin number and laptop password after being stopped at Heathrow Airport last year.

Muhammad Rabbani, 36, told a one-day trial that he had refused to let counter-terrorism officers look at information on his devices because he was carrying sensitive information from an alleged victim of torture by US agencies.

The officers who stopped Rabbani last November asked to see what was on his phone and laptop under a wide-ranging power used at ports to identify people involved in terrorism.

But Rabbani said that handing over the Pin code and password were like handing over the keys to his house.

He and his legal advisers have already said that they will appeal against the conviction because they not only believe he has been wrongly convicted, but because, in their view, the stop and search law behind the case is flawed.

Why is the law controversial ?

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Parsons Green: What do the police do next?

  • 16 September 2017
  • From the section UK
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Media captionFootage shows a burning bag on board the Tube carriage at Parsons Green station

This is the fifth terror attack of 2017. And it's the only one this year in which nobody has died.

Earlier this summer, the Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said police believed they had stopped six other significant plots - and there has been at least one more since then.

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How posting on Facebook could send you to jail

  • 15 September 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Joanne Frail admitted contacting a defendant via Facebook and was jailed for eight months

Is your last post on Facebook going to land you in jail?

It might do if it ruins a criminal trial. And the government is now looking for evidence of whether new laws are needed to stop it happening.

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Crime calculator: Find your personal risk of being a victim

  • 7 September 2017
  • From the section UK
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Are you scared of being a victim of crime?

Today, for the first time, BBC News, working with the Office for National Statistics, is providing you with a way of understanding your risk of being a victim of crime in England and Wales. If you are interested in Scotland, you can find out more about the Scottish Crime Survey on its official website.

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What do the latest migration figures reveal?

  • 24 August 2017
  • From the section UK
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There are so many important headlines in the August migration data that it is difficult to know where to begin.

Let's start with the biggie - is there a Brexit effect that is frightening workers off from the British economy?

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Birmingham terror plot: Inside the sting that caught four jihadis

  • 2 August 2017
  • From the section UK
Left to right: Naweed Ali, Tahir Aziz, Mohibur Rahman and Khobaib Hussain walk through Black Hall Park, August 2016 Image copyright PA

Four men have been convicted of planning a major terror attack in Birmingham after being caught in an elaborate undercover operation. The trial of Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz at the Old Bailey has been one of the strangest - and most vigorously contested - terrorism cases of the past decade.

Friday 26 August 2016 was supposed to be just another day at the office.

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Elton John bomb plotter Haroon Syed jailed for life

  • 3 July 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Haroon Syed was caught after trying to buy a bomb from a British security agent

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for life for planning a bomb attack that may have targeted an Elton John concert or Oxford Street in central London.

Haroon Syed, of west London, admitted preparing acts of terrorism after trying to source weapons including a suicide bomb and machine gun.

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Sex offender treatment in prison led to more offending

  • 30 June 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption HMP Whatton is one of the prisons used to hold and treat sex offenders

The main sex offender treatment programme for England and Wales has been scrapped after a report found it led to more reoffending.

Researchers found prisoners completing the programme were slightly more likely to offend than a control group.

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Hillsborough: Criminal charges explained

  • 28 June 2017
  • From the section UK

The Crown Prosecution Service's decision that there is sufficient evidence to charge six people over Hillsborough - including a former chief constable - is massive. This has been a complicated process and the charges need some explanation.

Image caption Sir Norman Bettison, Peter Metcalf, Graham Mackrell, Donald Denton face charges

The six who the CPS has authorised to be charged are:


What happens next?

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London attack: What new anti-terror powers could be used?

  • 6 June 2017
  • From the section UK
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Recent attacks in London and Manchester have sparked calls for something to be done about the UK's counter-terrorism laws. But what could an incoming government practically achieve by creating new powers to pursue and lock up suspects?

What is Theresa May proposing ?

The PM said she would make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and "restrict the freedom and movements" of those that present a threat.

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