British police officer convicted of membership of neo-Nazi organization
April 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A London jury has convicted a British police officer of being a member of a banned neo-Nazi group.
(CNN)A London jury has convicted a British police officer of being a member of a banned neo-Nazi group.
These charges include membership of the banned National Action group, making a false application to join the police force by not disclosing his membership of said group and the possession of indecent photographs of a child.
The 22-year-old was serving as a probationary officer in London's Metropolitan Police force and is the first police officer to be convicted of belonging to a far right terror group, according to the UK's PA Media news agency.
"Sadly, PC Hannam showed none of these qualities, firstly by joining and engaging with a far-right proscribed organisation, and then when he lied about his past links to this group when applying to become a police officer. "
Hannam came to the attention of counterterrorism detectives in February last year during investigations into far-right groups, said the force in the press release, before he was arrested the following month.
Police said they found documents on a USB memory stick and other digital devices which linked Hannam to far-right groups.
National Action became the first far-right group to be banned under Britain's terror laws in December 2016.