Counter-Terrorism Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 21st October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Goodhart Lord Goodhart Liberal Democrat 4:30 pm, 21st October 2008

Surely an Attorney-General would have to take into account a number of factors, one of which is the degree of despotism when deciding whether to prosecute for terrorism. The whole point of requiring the approval of the Attorney-General is that it is not merely a matter of whether the act of a particular prospective defendant falls within the definition of terrorism, but whether in all the circumstances, which may and indeed should include the nature of the Government against which the action is taken, it is appropriate to go ahead with the prosecution. Had this legislation been in force at the time, I wonder if the noble Baroness would have said that it was appropriate for the Government to prosecute those members of the ANC who from time to time were resident in London.