ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE OF POSSESSION BY NAMED TERRORIST OFFENDERS OF MATERIAL SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO THAT DISSEMINATED

[2012] EWCA Crim 2820 [2012] EWCA Crim 2820

The convictions of an Islamic bookshop manager of seven offences of dissemination, by distribution, of “terrorist publications” contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006 s.2(1)(a) and s.2(2) were unsafe and were quashed. The judge had erred in permitting the prosecution, for the purpose of showing that books, articles, videos and DVDs would be understood as encouraging acts of terrorism under s.2(3), to adduce in evidence the possession by named terrorist offenders of material similar or identical to that disseminated by the defendant.