EXTREMISTS like hate preacher Anjem Choudary face a fresh crackdown including potentially tougher jail sentences, under plans to be announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
#1 Sentences to the courts
The unduly lenient sentences scheme, which allows the Attorney General to refer sentences to the courts for review and possible extension, will be widened to apply to terror-related offences not currently covered.
The crimes include supporting banned organisations, possessing information that could be useful to a terrorist such as bomb-making instructions in an Islamic State (IS) magazine, and encouragement of terrorism.
#2 The speech
Ahead of her speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham yesterday, the Home Secretary said: “My priority is to keep our families, communities and country safe.
“People need to have confidence in the criminal justice system. We want to tackle those terrorism cases where judges get the sentence wrong.
“So we are extending the unduly lenient sentencing scheme to cover the majority of terrorist offences. To give you, the public, if you believe an error has been made, the right to ask the Attorney General to look again at those sentences.”
n toughening the UK’s approach to deporting criminals, Miss Rudd said: “We will make clear what our courts must take into account when considering the deportation of EU criminals, aligning their fortunes more closely with those from outside the EU.
“And going one step further, for the first time, we will deport EU nationals that repeatedly commit so-called minor crimes in this country.
“So-called minor crime is still crime – its pain is still felt deeply by victims. Now those criminals will face being banned from coming back to the country from between five and 10 years.”