Court appearance in terror case

A man arrested under the Terrorism Act in Alva has appeared at a specially convened court. Atif Siddique, 20, appeared at Falkirk police station on Thursday. Mr Siddique made no plea at the hearing, which was conducted under tight security and bail was refused. He was charged under Section 58 (1) (b) of the Terrorism Act 2000, the Crown Office confirmed. A spokesman said this related to the possession of a document or record containing information "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

Source: BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/4948260.stm

The Law

Section 58 of the Terrorism Act is very vague and wide-ranging:

Terrorism Act 2000

Collection of information

58. - (1) A person commits an offence if-
(a) he collects or makes a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or
(b) he possesses a document or record containing information of that kind.

(2) In this section "record" includes a photographic or electronic record.

(3) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that he had a reasonable excuse for his action or possession.

(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable-
(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, to a fine or to both, or
(b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.