Akdogan and another (AP) (Appellants) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent)
Case ID: 2020/0084
(1) Does section 13(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000 create a strict liability offence?
(2) If so, is section 13(1) compatible with Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights.
Mr Pwr attended a demonstration in London on 27 January 2018, the broad purpose of which was to protest against the perceived actions of the Turkish state in Afrin, a town in north-eastern Syria. During the demonstration, he was filmed waving a red flag which had the face of Abdullah Ocalan on it. Abdullah Ocalan is the founder of the Partiya Karkeren Kurdistane. an organisation proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000 (the "2000 Act").
Mr Pwr was removed from the protest and charged with an offence contrary to section 13(1) ("section 13") of the 2000 Act. He was convicted by District Judge Snow in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court. On appeal, the Crown Court dismissed Mr Pwr’s application of no case to answer, the basis of which was that (1) section 13 should be interpreted as requiring mens rea; and (2) to be compliant with Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, section 13 must include an element of deliberate incitement to violence. The Divisional Court upheld the Crown Court’s findings. Mr Pwr now seeks to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Ismail Akdogan, Rotinda Demir
Director of Public Prosecutions
Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lady Arden, Lord Hamblen, Lord Burrrows, Lady Rose
Hearing start date
18 November 2021
Hearing finish date
18 November 2021
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26 January 2022
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