14 Oct Digital “Strip Search” Prompts Muslim Activist to Take Legal Action
Muhammad Rabbani, a British Muslim legal advocate, made an appeal to the High Court after being convicted of a terrorism offence when he refused to give up his phone and computer password at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The incident transpired last November 2016 when Rabbani flew home from Qatar. He was charged with wilfully obstructing police who attempted to seize his devices under the Schedule 7 law of the UK Terror Act.
Rabbani said that he could not give up his passwords since he had to protect the confidential evidence of a torture survivor which was in his devices.
Although the chief magistrate found Rabbani to be of good character, he was nevertheless found guilty and was issued a fine in place of a 3 month prison sentence.
Source: SBS AU