[JURIST Europe] The British government has introduced several amendments to the proposed Terrorism Bill [PDF text] and will allow possible future amendments to be considered, leader of the UK Lords, Baroness Amos announced Sunday. The changes to the bill include the requirement that 'intention' be proven as an element of crime for the proposed 'glorification of a terrorist act' offence. UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] also announced his intent to carefully consider the concerns of libraries, NGOs, and other charity organizations that are concerned about the possible limitations on freedom of expression the bill may include. Amos did clarify however that Clarke and the UK government are not willing to step back from their plan to expand the list of banned terrorist organizations, despite concerns raised by the Association of Chief Police Officers [advocacy website] that this would only drive terrorists deeper underground and make them harder to root out. The anti-terror proposal is set to begin a final reading in the House of Lords Monday, before beginning its passage for final approval as a law. The Daily Mail has local coverage.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- UK anti-terror proposals face scrutiny in House of Lords
- UK government loses terror bill vote on 90-day detentions
- Blair set to compromise on detention provision in anti-terror bill
- UK Home Secretary under pressure to reveal legal advice on anti-terror laws
- Muslim leader warns UK terror law may curtail cooperation in terror fight
- UK terror bill passes first Commons vote
D. Wes Rist is Bureau Chief for JURIST Europe, reporting European legal news from a European perspective. He is based in the UK.