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News from 2003

  • 13 December 2003
    Scotland Against Criminalising Communities calls for a full inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the terrorism arrests in London and Scotland last December.
  • 11 December 2003
    Gloucester man Sajid Badat, who was arrested in November, has been remanded in custody on the charge that he "unlawfully and maliciously conspired to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury." Police claim to have found a "relatively small" amount of explosives and detonators at Badat's home.
  • 09 December 2003

    Terrorism charges against nine Algerian men - including five from Edinburgh - arrested last December were dropped on Tuesday. The collapse of the case is bound to fuel suspicions that last year's arrests were part of a government effort to create a climate of fear in preparation for the Anglo-US attack on Iraq.

  • 02 December 2003

    400 people - most of them Muslims - packed a public meeting in Gloucester to protest at the arrest of local man Saajid Badat under the Terrorism Act. Many called for the resignation of David Blunkett. They said he was "building walls between our communities".

  • 14 October 2003

    The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone and the Muslim Association of Britain held a one-day conference in London entitled "Understanding the impact of the war in Iraq on London's Muslim communities" on Tuesday, 14 October 2003. Specialists in various fields discussed the repercussions of the war on Iraq on the London's Muslim community.In its concluding statement, the conference said that

  • 01 October 2003

    On 30th September police in London and Manchester arrested 11 people under the Terrorism laws. All the men arrested are of North African origin. Police say that the men are being held on suspicion of being involved in the "commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism".

  • 13 September 2003
    Demonstrators at the London arms fair have been given permission for a full high court hearing into the legality of the police's use of anti-terrorist legislation to arrest and stop and search protesters.
  • 30 August 2003

    Around 1000 delegates gathered in London for the 2nd People's Assembly for Peace, organised by the UK Stop the War Coalition. The first People's Assembly met on 12th March as the Britain and the US prepared their attack on Iraq. As well as calling for a halt to the war plans, it expressed its opposition to Britain's anti-terrorism laws.

  • 16 August 2003
    SACC calls for everyone detained without trial to either be released immediately, or else charged with offences under ordinary international or criminal law and tried in a fair and open way at the International Court of Justice or in properly constituted domestic civilian courts.
  • 05 August 2003
    On 5th August three law lords, headed by Lord Bingham, granted that a full appeal on the legality of detentions without trial under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 should be heard by the House of Lords. The legislation involves Britain "derogating" or opting out of Article 5 of the European Convention on human rights.