The government of the UK has released a new regulation that authorizes judges to increase prison sentences for any terrorism-related crime.
As revealed by the new government regulation, court orders restricting activities of suspected terrorists could be renewed indefinitely. At the moment only specific offences, including murder, hijacking, and causing explosions can sustain the measure.
The plans currently being examined by the Members of Parliament would see judges consider whether there is a “proven terrorist connection “for any crime punishable by a prison sentence of more than two years.
Amendments are being proposed under the New Terrorism Sentencing Bill, which aims to ensure that the most serious criminals spend more time in prison. All suspects will be required to register all electronic devices at their residence address.
Following the occurrence of two terror attacks in London, at Fishmongers` Hall and in Streatham which were both launched by released terrorists last year, the MPs had promised tougher action.
Priti Patel, the home secretary, said: “The shocking attacks at Fishmongers’ Hall and Streatham revealed serious flaws in the way terrorist offenders are dealt with. We promised to act and today we are delivering on that promise.”
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the introduction of the new regulation was delayed.
Monitoring devices known as TPims were introduced in 2011. Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPims) can restrain suspects from travelling abroad, or make them live under an enforced curfew or electronic tagging.