Monday, August 17, 2020

UK: Trial Date Set for Police Officer Accused of “Neo-Nazi Terrorist Membership”

A Met Police officer will stand trial next year charged with membership of a "neo-Nazi terrorist organisation".
Benjamin Hannam, of Enfield, is accused of being part of National Action and lying about his political history when applying to join the police.
The 22-year-old faces one terror offence, two fraud offences and one count each of possessing an indecent, and a prohibited image of a child.
He appeared at the Old Bailey where a trial date was set for 1 March 2021.
Mr Hannam is accused of being part of National Action between 17 December 2016 and 1 January 2018, contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
The suspended police constable is also charged with two counts of fraud for allegedly claiming in official police forms in 2017 that he had not been a member of an organisation similar to the patriotic British National Party.
He formally joined the Met in March 2018.
He will next appear in court for a plea and trial preparation on 14 December.

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