UK Activist Charged After Refusing to Hand Police Passwords

A man has been charged by the Metropolitan Police after refusing to hand over his laptop and mobile phone passwords when questioned at Heathrow Airport.

Muhammad Rabbani is international director at Cage, an advocacy organization which claims to “empower communities impacted by the War on Terror.”

He claimed to be unable to provide police access to his devices as they contained “crucial evidence taken from a torture survivor” which he didn’t have permission to share.

Cage outreach director, Moazzam Begg, spoke of the “constant harassment” of Muslims at airports by UK police using Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

“At the core of this issue is the protection of crucial evidence of torture, the key to holding high ranking officials accountable for an international crime. This will be a landmark case that will test the rule of law and justice in the ‘War on Terror’,” he said in a statement.

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