Anti-terrorism laws targeting Muslims ahead of the London Olympics

29 June 2012

 

According to the media reports, the arrests were based on a tip-off after men were seen behaving suspiciously close to the Olympic venue. The two suspects were detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and held at a central London police station.

 

However, the police have been under heavy criticism for allowing police to exercise excessive powers thus leaving scope for abuse. In addition, the great majority of those who have been arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 have been released without charge.

 

On the other hand, David Anderson QC, The Government’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation is working towards ensuring that Muslims are not wrongfully arrested during the Olympic Games in London amidst fears that the police may abuse their powers under the Terrorism Act 2000.