Families To Face Terror Stigma Under Govt’s Proposals

11 Mar 2005

The Muslim Council of Britain is deeply concerned by the Government’s proposals contained in the Prevention of Terror Bill currently before parliament.

“The Government’s concessions to its original proposals are inadequate. Through its proposals, the government is in danger of branding individuals and their families with the stigma of terrorism without them actually hearing the case against them let alone being convicted in a court of law. It is manifestly unjust to insist on the right to deny or curtail the liberty of people without affording them the opportunity of defending themselves in court against proper charges,” said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

The MCB notes that such draconian and illiberal measures were not introduced in mainland Britain even at the height of the IRA’s terrorist campaign in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

“Furthermore, by insisting on the right to impose Control Orders on individuals merely on the basis of ‘reasonable suspicion’ as opposed to the ‘balance of probabilities’ – as called for by the House of Lords – the government is undermining the efficacy of the judicial process,” added Mr Sacranie.

The Muslim Council of Britain urges the government to reconsider its stance in the interests of furthering justice and achieving a better consensus in Parliament and amongst the public.

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Notes to Editors:

1. The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK’s representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

For further information please contact: The Muslim Council of Britain, Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NT,
Tel: 07708 065 150 or 0208 432 0585/6, Fax: 0208 432 0587, Email: media@mcb.org.uk, Website: http://www.mcb.org.uk

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