No Right to Resist

Have you been stopped at the airport? Ever wondered why you have been singled out? Been embarrassed when your name has been announced at the point of departure? 

These are just some of many questions that Muslims have asked themselves for many years when leaving and returning back to British airports and ports.

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is a largely unknown piece of legislation that has been described by many experts and human rights groups as being the most chilling and formidable weapon the UK government has at its disposal in respect of the questioning of UK and foreign nationals on the mainland.

Next time you travel overseas it is imperative that you do not fall foul of Schedule 7 when stopped at the airport or port when attempting to leave the country. Remember the following before you travel:

Under the schedule, UK police can stop, examine and search passengers at ports, airports and international rail terminals.

There is no requirement for an officer to have a “reasonable suspicion” that someone is involved with terrorism before they are stopped. A passenger can be held for questioning for up to nine hours and those detained must “give the examining officer any information in his possession which the officer requests”.

Any property seized must be returned after seven days, but data from mobile phones and laptops may be downloaded and retained by the police for longer.

Those detained are compelled to answer questions from the police and must not “obstruct” or “frustrate” any police searches.

If someone fails to co-operate they are deemed to have committed a criminal offence and could face up to three months in prison, a fine or both.