Benjamin Hannam was discovered responsible on 5 prices, together with membership of the banned Nationwide Motion group, making a false utility to hitch the police drive by not disclosing his membership of mentioned group, possession of paperwork helpful to a terrorist and the possession of indecent pictures of a kid.
Hannam is the primary officer within the UK to be convicted of getting belonged to a terrorist group, in line with the courtroom.
The previous police officer was concerned with the neo-Nazi group Nationwide Motion from 2016, however had left the group earlier than the becoming a member of the police drive in March 2018, London’s Metropolitan Police mentioned in a press release.
Choose Anthony Leonard mentioned that Hannam’s offense was “so severe that solely a custodial sentence will be justified.”
The 22-year-old served as a probationary officer in London’s Metropolitan Police.
Commander Richard Smith of the Met’s counter-terrorism unit mentioned after Hannam’s conviction that the “public count on law enforcement officials to hold out their duties with the very highest ranges of honesty and integrity. … Sadly, PC Hannam confirmed none of those qualities, firstly by becoming a member of and interesting with a far-right proscribed group, after which when he lied about his previous hyperlinks to this group when making use of to grow to be a police officer.”
Nationwide Motion turned the primary far-right group to be banned underneath Britain’s terror legal guidelines in December 2016. It’s a felony offense within the UK to be a member of the group, which has been described by the nation’s House Workplace as “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic.”
The Met mentioned beforehand that Hannam got here to the eye of detectives final 12 months as a part of wider investigations into far-right teams. Police mentioned they discovered paperwork on a USB reminiscence stick and different digital units which linked Hannam to far-right teams. A folder on the reminiscence stick was named “NA” and contained information associated to Nationwide Motion.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu instructed Instances Radio that he felt “shocked and betrayed” by Hannam, as will the “tens and 1000’s of respectable law enforcement officials everywhere in the nation.”