Muhammad Rabbani to appeal after being convicted under Terrorism Act for protecting torture victims' data in 'digital strip search' at Heathrow

Friday 29 September 2017

Henry Blaxland QC of Garden Court Chambers to appeal decision.

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On 20 November 2016 Muhammad Rabbani, Director of Cage was stopped under the Terrorism Act at Heathrow Airport on his return to the UK. Cage is an independent London-based advocacy organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror and to highlight abuses of due process.

When stopped and asked to provide officers with access to his phone and laptop which contained confidential information on an alleged victim of torture, he refused.  As a result he was charged under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act which makes it illegal to 'willfully obstruct, or seek to frustrate, a search or examination.' Henry Blaxland QC of Garden Court Chambers to appeal.

The campaign has already been widely reported, including by the Guardian and Al Jazeera. 

Henry Blaxland QC is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team.

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