The first attempt to seize the home of a convicted terrorist using new laws has failed, after a judge ruled it would be unfair to make his family homeless.
The Crown Prosecution Service applied for the forfeiture of a house where extremist Munir Farooqi, 56, attempted to recruit jihadist fighters to kill British soldiers in Afghanistan.
They used new powers under Section 23A of the Terrorism Act 2000 to apply for the seizure of Farooqi’s £200,000 home in the Longsight area of Manchester.
But in a landmark ruling yesterday at the High Court in Manchester, senior law lord Sir Richard Henriques QC, rejected the application on the grounds it would make Farooqi’s “wholly innocent” family homeless.
Punishment is for those found guilty of a crime in a trial. And only for those.