Judges grant anonymity in over 90% of cases involving extremists

Immigration judges grant lifelong anonymity orders in more than 90% of cases involving extremists and terrorists

  • Of 79 cases, 72 have been granted their request to keep their names secret 
  • They include hate clerics and an alleged associate of the ‘ISIS Beatles’
  • Critics say the lifelong anonymity orders puts the public’s safety at risk

Immigration judges have dished out lifelong anonymity orders in more than 90 per cent of cases involving extremists and terrorists, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Of 79 people whose cases have come before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) since 2014 – some who had their British citizenship stripped by the Government – 72 have been granted their request to keep their names secret.

Critics say the lifelong anonymity orders puts the public’s safety at risk

They include hate clerics and an alleged associate of the barbaric quartet of British executioners dubbed the ‘ISIS Beatles’.

Critics say the lifelong anonymity orders puts the public’s safety at risk and the proceedings are shrouded in such secrecy it is almost impossible for the media to challenge the orders.

Sam Armstrong, of the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, said: ‘The public have a right to know which jihadis are returning from Syria to walk the streets of Britain.’

The Judicial Communications Office said: ‘Anonymity does not follow as a matter of course. Typically it is granted to protect the appellant and/or their family from the risk of violence or death, and/or to safeguard children.’

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