UK: 'Glorifying terror' plan scrapped
The home secretary, Charles Clarke, last night abandoned his plan to introduce a widely drawn new offence of "glorifying terrorism" after criticism from lawyers and politicians that it would even catch supporters of Nelson Mandela and prove unworkable.
Instead, he published much more tightly drawn legislation, to be debated this month by MPs, that makes clear that somebody will only be guilty of glorifying terrorism if it is proved they also intended to incite further acts of terror.
The climbdown on glorification means plans for the home secretary to draw up a list of historic events and rule which were terrorist attacks have been abandoned. However, he did announce new powers to temporarily close down mosques and other places of worship being used by extremists to foment terror.
Members of mosque committees could face criminal charges if they fail to act against extremists using their premises under proposals in a Home Office consultation paper issued yesterday. Read more
db: Yes, good. However three month internment without trial is still on the cards.