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Treason

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    The question remains: how is it that a prisoner considered  one minute that he has to be kept apart from murderers, is the next considered safe enough by the justice system to be released into the public? The answer is the limitations of the law. Choudary was sentenced to five and a half years for encouraging British Muslims to join Islamic State. Jurors heard that he had sworn an oath of allegiance to the terrorist group, a moment described by the Metropolitan Police as a “turning point”, since at last they had evidence that he had stepped over the line into outright criminality.

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    What the report authors – including a Tory and Labour MP – argued for was that the law should provide for more severe punishment in view of the true nature of the wrong: a new offence, which would revive the ancient law of treason. This change is urgently required. Between 2006 and 2017, some 193 people were given prison sentences for terrorism offences – . (The figure actually understates the number of convicted terrorists due to be released in the near future, given that prisoners can be released half way through their sentences.)

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