Further 19 terror-related offences to keep communities safe

19 terror-related offences have been added to the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.

The ULS scheme allows victims of crime and the public to challenge sentences given by the courts.

The changes to the scheme mean that those found guilty of crimes such as encouraging or promoting terrorism, or failing to disclose information about a terrorist attack, could see their sentences increased if the victims or public think the punishment is too soft.

It gives anyone the power to ask the Attorney General to review a sentence, who can then decide to refer a case to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration.

The change also fulfils a manifesto pledge to act in this area, helping to protect the public and make sure victims see justice done.

Dominic Raab, Justice Minister, said: “We want the most robust sentences for any terrorist crimes and for victims to have every opportunity to see justice delivered.

“This government is determined to keep families and communities safe. This extension sends clear message that we will not tolerate people who help radicalise terrorists or wilfully turn a blind eye to terrorist activity.”

Robert Buckland, solicitor general, said: “From today, prosecutors and members of the public are able to challenge an additional range of terror-related offences if they think the sentences are unduly lenient.

“Terrorist activity is a direct threat to our way of life. It is vital that crimes of this nature are treated with the utmost seriousness to keep our communities safe.”

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