Saturday 18 November 2017

UK plans 'Asbo' laws 
to counter extremists

Theresa May. Photo credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Theresa May. Photo credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

BRITISH Home secretary Theresa May is to unveil a three-point plan to counter British Muslim extremists after warning the security threat to Britain from jihadists will continue for decades.

Ms May is planning to bring in new laws that include an "anti-social behaviour order" for extremists.

The measures are aimed at curtailing the activities of radical preachers, such as notorious Muslim radical Anjem Choudary, whose extreme rhetoric currently does not constitute a crime.

The new power will be designed to restrict extremists' behaviour and language. As with an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo), it could result in a criminal conviction carrying a jail term if breached.


It will also be illegal to join extremist groups that preach violent views, but are not directly involved in terrorism. Currently, the threshold for banning membership of organisations, such as Isis, requires the Home Secretary to prove that the group is directly involved in terrorist acts.

The new power could target Islamist political organisations and other Muslim groups that tacitly support extremism.

In addition, state-funded organisations such as councils and schools will be given a new legal obligation to combat extremists.

Irish Independent

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