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United Kingdom: Court rejects “freedom fighters” defence

On 16 February, the Court of Appeal rejected the argument that the Terrorism Act 2000 provided for an exemption from criminal liability for “freedom fighters” who engage in terrorist activities against non-democratic regimes. The case concerned a Libyan charged under the Act for the possession of documents “likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”.

Judgment Terrorism Act 2000