Defence for Terrorism

Updated on Tuesday 02nd August 2016

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Terrorist offences were described in the U.K. by different Terrorism Acts passed by the British Parliament which define this type of offences generally, following the September 11 attacks in the U.S. and the consequent July attack in the U.K. The Terrorism Act 2000 for example, brought changes such as:

•    gave a wide definition of terrorism;
•    listed the known terrorist organizations besides the ones connected with Northern Ireland;
•    enabled Police to arrest terrorist suspects for interviewing for maximum seven days;
•    enabled Police to stop and search any individual or car in special areas without having to suspect him or her of doing an illegal deed;
•    it also criminalized the funding for terrorist purposes.

Defences to main terrorist property offences

The TACT Regulations 2007  made the legal frame for three new defences for the main terrorist property offences. These defences are:

•    prior consent defence: it can be adopted when the accused discloses transaction or arrangement to an authorized person prior to getting involved, and the person acts with the agreement of an authorized officer;
•    consent defence for terrorism: the accused is already taking part in a transaction or arrangement and discloses it, if there is a reasonable explanation as of why he or she did not make the disclosure prior to getting involved;
•    reasonable explanation defence: the accused had the intention to disclose the terrorist offence however he or she has a reasonable explanation why he or she did not do so. A solicitor in London can offer more details on what a reasonable explanation consists of.

Further defences for terrorism offences

There can be more defences for terrorism in connection with cooperation with the Police. It is not considered a terrorist offence if the defendant:

•    is acting with the consent of an authorized person;
•    he or she discloses the belief or suspicion to an authorized person after becoming part of a terrorist offence and he or she delivers information which forms the belief or suspicion. The disclosure has to be made at the accused’s own will and as soon as possible.

Our team of criminal solicitors in London is one of the most reputable in providing defence for terrorism offences in UK. We urge you to get in touch with us if you are faced with such allegations. 


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