Anti-terror cases hampered by fear of endangering sources
Tuesday 19 March 2013
Terror suspects continue to avoid prosecution because British security services fear their secret sources could be exposed by public trials, a Parliamentary committee heard.
The claims that it is not possible to protect the public by prosecuting suspected terrorists were described by MPs as “extraordinary”.
David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, told the Parliamentary committee on human rights that some six suspects were currently subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims) because independent judges believed them to be involved in terror plots.
But he said they could not be prosecuted due to MI5's “reluctance” to use human sources in an open trial, claiming there was a fear of endangering sources who were not employed by the home security service but provide it with secret intelligence.
“The reasons why these people weren't prosecuted - or were prosecuted without reference to all the intelligence - was about a reluctance to use human source reporting in an open criminal trial for fear of compromising or even endangering a source,” said Mr Anderson.
Mr Anderson questioned whether security agencies were “too cautious” in their approach, adding that there was “no doubt” the best solution was to prosecute.
Tpims, unlike the controversial control orders they replaced, have a maximum time limit of two years, meaning the six suspects will be free by early next year.
British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 5 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand