M and Others, Regina v: CACD 7 Feb 2007

The defendants appealed a ruling by the recorder that electronic storage devices were ‘articles’ within s57. S58 dealt with documents, and section 57 with articles.
Held: Hooper LJ said: ‘There is no practical difference between a book which a person can read (perhaps with help) and a CD which can be read by inserting it into a computer. To submit that the CD is not an article because it can only be read with a computer seems to us farfetched. ‘ However, if that were the case it was submitted that section 58 would be redundant. Parliament could not allow section 58 to be sidestepped by allowing a prosecutor to treat a docment as an article. The appeal was allowed.
Hooper LJ
[2007] EWCA Crim 218
Terrorism Act 2000 57 58
Cited by:
CitedRowe v Regina CACD 15-Mar-2007
The defendant had been convicted of possessing articles for terrorist purposes, namely a notebook with notes setting out how to construct a mortar bomb in his handwriting. There was also a coded list of potential targets.
Held: The decision in . .

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