UK: Muslim activists hold prayer outside Westminster court in support of CAGE chief

Scores of Muslim activists staged a protest action outside London's Westminster Magistrates Court, Monday, in support of advocacy organisation CAGE's chief Muhammad Rabbani who was facing trial under the UK's 2000 Terrorism Act for refusing to divulge his mobile phone password during a police stop-and-search operation. Rabbani was arrested after he failed to hand over his mobile phone and... Еще computer passwords during a police search in Heathrow Airport in November 2016. The court has reportedly found Rabbani guilty of «willfully obstructing» a police search by not disclosing his passwords. Rabbani was given a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £620 (€703,81/$834,08) in costs. CAGE Outreach Director Moazzam Begg argued that Rabbani's case is a test case that could affect hundreds of Muslims stopped at UK airports, noting that «an abuse of power» is «being tested right now in court.» CAGE Director Adnan Siddiqui stressed that «we mustn't allow the legitimate fears of national security to allow draconian laws, laws which actually will apply to everyone of us.»

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