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Northern Ireland terror crime sentences facing review under unduly lenient scheme

Anyone can ask the DPP to consider a sentence handed down in the Crown Court (stock photo)
Anyone can ask the DPP to consider a sentence handed down in the Crown Court (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

People found guilty of crimes linked to terrorism, paramilitarism and organised crime groups could see their sentences reconsidered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

Almost 100 additional offences linked to terrorism, organised crime and paramilitarism are now included.

Under the scheme, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) can, if they consider a sentence passed in the Crown Court is unduly lenient, refer the case to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration. Anyone can ask the DPP to consider a sentence handed down in the Crown Court.

The changes follow a review and public consultation commissioned by former Justice Minister Claire Sugden.

Peter May, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Justice, said: "The addition of these offences to the Unduly Lenient Scheme contributes to our commitment within the Executive Action Plan to Tackle Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime and seeks to build confidence in the justice system."

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