Hannam is the first police officer in the UK to have been convicted of terrorist crimes, writes a number of British media including the BBC and The Guardian.
Hannam worked for the police in London, and on Thursday was found guilty of belonging to what the British authorities believe is a right-wing extremist terrorist network, National Action.
Plan to kill
The organization was banned in 2016 after they paid tribute to the murder of Labor politician Jo Cox, who was killed on the street by a person with right-wing extremist sympathies. National Action is the first far-right organization to be banned in Britain since World War II.
In 2018, among other things, two members pleaded guilty to planning the murder of another female politician with a sword.
In the trial, Hannam was also found guilty of lying in his application to become a police officer and of being in possession of terrorist documents.
The sentencing is scheduled for 23 April.
Hannam is said to have been involved with National Aciton in 2016 – before the organization was banned. But he should continue to be active, said the head of the anti-terror command in London, Richard Smith, at a press conference.
In 2018, Hannam applied for a job with the London police.
Only in February 2020 will investigators discover the connection after a member database for a far-right forum was leaked. One month later, Hannam was arrested at home.
There, the police found, among other things, a notebook that referred to National Action, a guide for the use of knives and weapons and the so-called manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik – who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011.
Investigators then found that Hannam had attended pub meetings with National Action and also attended training sessions. In addition, he was watching recruitment videos from the terrorist organization.
However, no evidence has been found that he continued to participate actively in the group’s activities after he was hired as a police officer.
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