The Saajid Badat case: inching towards the US

Saajid Badat

By Ali Naseem Bajwa QC On 29 February 2005, Saajid Badat pleaded guilty to a terrorist conspiracy to destroy, damage or endanger the safety of an aircraft. Badat admitted that in 2001 he had conspired with “the shoe bomber” Richard Reid and a Tunisian, Nizar Trabelsi, in a plot simultaneously to act as suicide bombers […]

Abu Qatada: a round-up of events

Abu Qatada

By Stephen Hockman Last week was a pretty eventful one for politics and politicians, especially on the human rights front. A brief stock take might be as follows: Although it seems to be common ground that Abu Qatada represents a threat to the UK and deserves to be deported, he has not been convicted or […]

Breivik – insanity as a defence

Breivik

By Simon Hetherington Anders Behring Breivik knew what he was doing, and he knew it was wrong. Claiming insanity is not enough to protect a person from the consequences of his own evil acts. Alternatively, he must be mad. His killing spree was so shocking and so utterly at odds with normality as to be […]

Terrorism law – a balancing act

See-saw

By Simon Hetherington The see-saw on which are perched at opposite ends the interests of security and those of individual liberty has tilted a little in favour of the former. There are problems, it appears, concerning the emergency extension of custody limits of suspects in terrorism investigations. The scenario is that periods might be increased […]