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Secretary of State for the Home Department v QT

15/07/2020

A statutory review of the Home Secretary’s decision to impose terrorism prevention and investigation measures (TPIM) on QT, a member of Al-Muhajiroun (also known as ALM).

Following a 4-day hearing, the High Court upheld the Secretary of State’s decision in full.  In doing so, it rejected QT’s claim that he was not a member of Al-Muhajiroun, and held that there was a risk that QT would travel overseas to join IS if free to do so.  It also rejected QT’s case that his extremist rhetoric, which the court accepted was likely to radicalise vulnerable young people, was a manifestation of his freedom of religion and of expression and that the TPIM therefore breached his human rights.

The case was unusual in that the Home Secretary relied on evidence upon which QT had been tried and acquitted in the criminal courts.  The court rejected QT’s argument that this presented a legal barrier to the imposition of a TPIM.

Cathryn McGahey KC and Nicholas Chapman acted for the Secretary of State.

The judgment can be found here.

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