How many criminals have planned their murderous activities, bank robberies, drug trafficking, rape and sexual assault, and other heinous offences while sat in their living room, bedroom, at the kitchen table, or in the bath?
A fair few, I’m guessing.
When caught, convicted, and sentenced to prison, how many have their home taken off them and their families turfed out into the street?
UK law does not allow ‘collective punishment’
Until now !
‘Munir Farooqi was . . . given four life sentences in September 2011 for trying to recruit two undercover police officers for jihad in Afghanistan’
Greater Manchester Police have now applied to have the family home ‘seized’ – as allowed for under clause 23a of the Terrorism Act 2000 – thereby making 3 generation s of a family homeless.
If GMP are successful in their bid to seize the family home, this would be the first time ever in the UK that a family have been collectively punished for the criminal activity of one member of the household.
The family are fighting this application to evict them from their home and will no doubt take the case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that the law is seeking to punish them without firstly charging them or finding them guilty of committing any offence.
We’re on a slippery slope here. If we are going to punish the families of some offenders, why not punish the families of others?
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