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Terrorism: Detainees

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 37W, on terrorism: detainees, with what offences the individuals held for over 14 days and then charged were charged; and how many (a) have been convicted, (b) offences have been acquitted and (c) remain subject to trial. (243618)

To date 11 individuals have been held over 14 days. Eight of these individuals were charged.

14-15 days

One individual charged with having information about an act of terrorism (section 38B, Terrorism Act 2000). This case was subsequently dismissed by a judge due to insufficient evidence.

18-19 days

One individual charged with conspiracy to cause explosions (section 3 (1a), the Explosives Substances Act 1883).

19-20 days

Three individuals charged with conspiracy to murder (section 1 (1), Criminal Law Act 1977) and Preparation of Terrorist Acts (section 5, Terrorism Act 2006). The latter charge has subsequently been amended by the Crown Prosecution Service for two of the individuals to a charge of conspiracy to commit an act of violence likely to endanger the safety of an aircraft (section 1(1), Criminal Law Act 1977).

27-28 days

One individual charged with preparation of terrorist Acts (section 5, Terrorism Act 2006).

One individual charged with preparation of terrorist Acts (section 5, Terrorism Act 2006), possession of a prohibited weapon (section 5(1), Firearms Act 1968), possession of ammunition (section 1 (1b), Firearms Act 1968), possession of a silencer without a firearms licence (section 1 (1b), Firearms Act 1968). The charge of preparation of terrorist acts for the second individual was subsequently amended by the Crown Prosecution Service to a charge of conspiracy to commit an act of violence likely to endanger the safety of an aircraft (section 1(1), Criminal Law Act 1977).

One individual charged with attending a place for instruction or training in terrorism (section 8, Terrorism Act 2006) and collection of information (section 58 (1) (a), Terrorism Act 2000).

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) have been charged with criminal offences, (b) have been convicted, (c) have been acquitted and (d) remain subject to trial as a result of Operation Overt in August 2006. (243676)

17 individuals were charged as a result of Operation Overt.

In November 2006, two individuals who were charged with failure to disclose information had their cases dismissed by a judge who decided there was no case to answer.

One individual was convicted in September 2007.

During the trial which concluded in September 2008, three individuals were found guilty of Conspiracy to Murder Persons Unknown. These three previously pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Cause Explosions and Conspiracy to Commit a Public Nuisance. A further four people pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit a Public Nuisance. A decision is due shortly on a retrial of these seven individuals. One individual was found not guilty at this trial.

Additionally, a further six people await trial.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 37W, on terrorism: detainees, with what offences the individuals held for between 27 to 28 days and not released without charge were charged. (243693)

To date 11 individuals have been held for over 14 days, three were charged on the 27-28 day.

One individual charged with preparation of terrorist acts (section 5, Terrorism Act 2006).

One individual charged with preparation of terrorist acts (section 5, Terrorism Act 2006), possession of a prohibited weapon (section 5(1), Firearms Act 1968), possession of ammunition (section 1 (1b), Firearms Act 1968), possession of a silencer without a firearms licence (section 1 (1b), Firearms Act 1968). The charge of preparation of terrorist acts for the second individual was subsequently amended by the Crown Prosecution Service to a charge of conspiracy to commit an act of violence likely to endanger the safety of an aircraft (section 1(1), Criminal Law Act 1977).

One individual charged with attending a place for instruction or training in terrorism (section 8, Terrorism Act 2006) and collection of information (section 58 (1) (a), Terrorism Act 2000).