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UK: Sleeper Cells Undermine Counterterrorism Strategy
Theresa May to “Rip Up” Human Rights if Necessary to Force New Restrictions on Terror Suspects
by Joud Halawani Al-Tamimi - Majalla.com
The UK has witnessed four terror attacks the past three months, which adds unprecedented pressure on the country’s security services to better respond to terrorism and prevent similar attacks from happening and claiming more lives in the future. The weight of the task made Theresa May go as far as saying she would “rip up” human rights laws if needed to force new restrictions on terror suspects. But what are these new restrictions going to look like?
The Prime Minister is planning to facilitate the deportation of foreign terror suspects and bolster up controls on extremists in cases where they pose a threat and there is a lack of adequate proof to get them prosecuted.
Following terror attacks on London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster, May said: “I can tell you a few of the things I mean by that: I mean longer prison sentences for people convicted of terrorist offences. I mean making it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terror suspects to their own countries. And I mean doing more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terror suspects when we have enough evidence to know they present a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court.”
She added: “And if human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change those laws so we can do it.”
By these measures, the Prime Minister seems to aim at consolidating terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims). This might entail additional curfews, limits on association with other identified extremists, constraints on travel as well as restricted access to communication devices.