Less than one in ten anti-terrorism arrests leads to conviction in UK

May 13th, 2009 - 7:05 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 13 (ANI): Less than one in ten of those people arrested for terrorism offences every year in Brtiain are ever convicted, according to new Government figures. Almost 230 people are arrested for terrorism offences every year, The Telegraph quotes the newly released statistics, as saying.

But the number eventually convicted of a specifically terrorist offence is less than 10 per cent.

Between September 11 2001 and March 31 2008, there were 1,471 arrests for terrorism in Britain.

Of these, 521 resulted in a charge of some form, with 222 people charged with terror offences, and 118 people charged with terror-related offences, such as conspiracy to murder.

The Home Office said the number of those arrested who were charged is similar to that for other criminal offences.

Of the 340 people charged in relation to terrorism, 196 were eventually convicted - 102 for terrorism offences under terror legislation and 94 for terrorism-related criminal offences.

That means, out of 1,471 terrorism arrests, 102 were eventually convicted under terrorism legislation.

The main offences for suspects charged under terrorism legislation were possession of an article for terrorist purposes, membership of a proscribed organisation, and fund raising. These are all offences under the Terrorism Act 2000. (ANI)

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