The government’s War on Civil Liberties suffered a setback today, as five men who had been convicted of the thoughtcrime offence of reading extremist literature were freed by the Court of Appeal:
The convictions of five young Muslim men jailed over extremist literature have been quashed by the Appeal Court.
Freeing the men, the Lord Chief Justice said there was no proof of terrorist intent. The lawyer for one said they had been jailed for a “thought crime”. A jury convicted the students in 2007 after hearing the men, of Bradford and Ilford, east London, became obsessed with jihadi websites and literature.