Terrorism Solicitors in Manchester
Terrorism and Travelling Abroad – Advice to holiday makers, humanitarian aid workers and activists.
Being accused of involvement in terrorist activity is taken very seriously by the courts. Since 2000 there have been several legislations passed in order to broaden the definition of terrorism as well as introducing more severe measures to undermine and prevent further terrorist activity in the UK and abroad.
If you are suspected of terrorism and leave the country, you may find yourself being detained upon your return. The law, which Stephen Lickrish & Associates have been advocating to change, currently allows passengers to be stopped and searched at airports.
The recent passing of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in parliament means that counter-terrorist efforts by the government will be increasing. If you are suspected of involvement of terrorist activity outside of the UK, police will be able to seize your passport at the border, any electrical equipment such as laptops and phones, and money. Your trip abroad may also be disrupted whilst foreign and UK security services carry out their investigations. You may be questioned on Foreign land by foreign police or held for questioning at a UK port under Schedule 7 on your return.
If you are suspected of involvement in terrorist activity in any way then it’s crucial that you enlist the services of an experienced lawyer/solicitor, especially if you have plans to leave the country. Unfortunately you may face various scenarios on your return. Please see below, although this is not an exhaustive list it provides some guidance on what you may face on your return:
- You may be questioned up to 6 hours at the airport under Schedule 7. You have the opportunity to instruct a solicitor and you would be strongly advised to instruct an experienced Terrorism Law solicitor. At which point you may be arrested under Terrorism Legislation or released.
- If arrested you will be taken to a police station to be interviewed under caution. Again, if you have not already instructed a solicitor you would be advised to instruct an experienced Terrorism Law solicitor.
- If released, the security services may contact you, and may invite you to take part in a voluntary interview, which would often take place in an informal setting. We would recommend that you take advice from experienced Terrorism Law solicitor before attending such an interview.
Stephen Lickrish & Associates are a group of experienced terrorism solicitors in Manchester that have successfully defended a number of high profile cases, which you can read about here:
- Harris Farooqui acquitted
- Nasir Hafezi Speaks to the BBC
- Six Men Detained in Turkey Released without Charge
As a group of dedicated and experienced solicitors, they can help you through the complex process and provide you with the best representation. Communication is invaluable in terrorism cases, and if you are detained when abroad then your family becomes the primary point of contact and a suitable defence must be built based on the information that they can provide in time for your return to the UK.
Our workshop on Counter Terrorism Measures
Our workshop on Schedule 7
Terrorism Solicitors in Manchester, England
Offering specialist advice and representation on cases of Terrorism, Stephen Lickrish & Associates Solicitors in Manchester can help. Contact us today by calling us at 0161 237 1913 or on 0800 988 64 22 for 24-hour legal advice. Alternatively, contact us by filling out an enquiry form.