LONDON — An officer in London’s predominant police drive was convicted on Thursday of being a member of a banned neo-Nazi group, his drive stated, changing into the primary British police officer to be convicted of a terrorism offense, in keeping with the BBC and different British information sources.
Benjamin Hannam, 22, a probationary police officer who utilized to the London drive, the Metropolitan Police, in 2017 and joined it in early 2018, was discovered responsible of membership of a banned group — the neo-Nazi group Nationwide Motion — in addition to two counts of fraud by false illustration and two counts of possession of doc more likely to be of use to a terrorist, the police stated in a briefing.
The fraud expenses associated to mendacity on software types for his police place, native media at a courtroom in London reported.
Mr. Hannam demonstrated an “adherence to fascist ideology and a probably veiled however nonetheless evident neo-Nazi mind-set,” the prosecutor, Dan Pawson-Kilos, stated in keeping with The Unbiased, including that he had met with folks at Nationwide Motion occasions even after the group had been banned. The group, which praised the homicide of a British lawmaker, Jo Cox, was outlawed in December 2016.
The trial started in March, however the courtroom had banned reporting of its particulars to keep away from a threat of biasing future jurors in a separate case towards Mr. Hannam, in keeping with native media. The restrictions had been lifted after Mr. Hannam pleaded responsible to possessing an indecent picture of a kid, which was to have been the topic of the second trial.
Mr. Hannam, who in courtroom denied being a member of the group, joined the London department of Nationwide Motion in 2016, in keeping with the police briefing. He stated in the course of the trial that he was interested in the “look and aesthetic of fascism,” however that he was not a racist, in keeping with the BBC.
He appeared in a propaganda video for the group the identical month he utilized to affix the police drive, although police stated his “recognized involvement” had ended by September 2017, a number of months earlier than he started police coaching. The drive stated that he had hidden this historical past, and “had he been trustworthy, this might have robotically precluded him from becoming a member of the Metropolitan Police Service.”
The Metropolitan Police have confronted accusations of racism and discriminatory practices, and the drive stated in November that it will recruit extra minority officers to be able to be extra consultant.