British police officer imprisoned as a member of the neo-Nazi group

British police officers were convicted of belonging to the neo-Nazi group on Friday and imprisoned for more than four years.

Ben Hannam, 22, was convicted of being a member of the banned right-wing extremist group National Action (NA) from 2016 to 2017.

Hannam, who pleaded guilty to having an obscene image of a child, also lied to his application, reviewed the form to join the Metropolitan Police Department, and detailed the manufacture of knife fighting and explosive devices2. Convicted of having two terrorist documents.

“Hannam joined and was involved in a right-wing terrorist organization. That view is an antithesis of police values. Later, when applying to become a police officer, he lied about his past ties to the group. “. Commander Richard Smith, Head of the Anti-Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police Department, who led the investigation of the incident.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Hannam caught the attention of anti-terrorism detectives in February 2020 as it was investigating individuals linked to the far-right radical Internet forum, Iron March. ..

“His past caught up with him when he was identified as part of a broader and more aggressive investigation by Anti-Terrorism Command, which moved swiftly to arrest and bring him to trial,” Smith said. Said.

Prosecutor Dan Poson Pounds said Hannam’s internet downloads, social media comments, and academics “consistently adhered to the neo-Nazi metaphor from 2014 to 2019.” It was.

However, defense lawyer Aisla Williamson said Hannam’s autism made him “vulnerable” to NA targeting and grooming.

She said she was arrested about three years after her relationship with the group ended, joined the police, was baptized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and established a long-term relationship.

“There is clear evidence of a change in thinking, both through his work as a police officer and his involvement in the Church,” she said.

Hannam was sentenced to a total of four years and four months in prison and a one-year extended license in Old Bailey on Friday.

Judge Anthony Leonard, QC, told Hannam:

However, the judge admitted that Hannam’s political views were “not involved at all” in his police activities and had no plans to infiltrate the police to help the far right.

PA contributed to this report.

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