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Convicted terrorists could have sentences reconsidered under new proposals

People convicted of terrorist and paramilitary-related crimes could have their sentences reconsidered under new proposals.

Under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme the director of public prosecutions can refer cases to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration if he considers a sentence passed in the Crown Court to be too lenient. 

The new proposals have identified more than 80 offences, linked to terrorism, organised crime and paramilitarism, to be added to the scheme. Anyone found guilty of these types of crime in the Crown Court could then see their sentence increased if it is found to be unduly lenient.

The proposals were developed in response to a recommendation in the Fresh Start Panel Report on the disbandment of paramilitary groups.

A consultation on the proposals is open until 5pm on October 2 2018.

The consultation can be viewed here.

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