LONDON -- Convicted terrorists in the United Kingdom will have to notify law enforcement of where they live, changes of address and any foreign travel arrangements under new measures that were initiated on October 1. The program is similar to the sex offender registry in the United States.
Individuals found guilty of terrorism and terror-related offenses will be subjected to notification requirements and foreign travel regulations similar to those that apply to sex offenders.
Notification requirements, made under Part 4 of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008, will help police manage the risks posed by terrorists following their release from custody. Individuals will have to provide details of their name and aliases they use, date of birth, National Insurance number (equivalent of US Social Security number), home address and any address they regularly stay at and any changes to these details.
Notification requirements apply for 30 years for persons sentenced to ten years or more; 15 years for those sentenced for between five and ten years; and, for ten years where the person was sentenced to between one and five years or is aged 16 or 17.
An individual subject to the notification requirements will also have to notify police of any foreign travel arrangements. They will have to give detailed information regarding their itinerary.
The requirements will be retrospectively applied to those guilty of terrorism and terrorist related offenses and will also allow police to apply to a court for an order restricting overseas travel where they believe it will prevent someone traveling to become involved in terrorist activities.
David Hanson, Policing and Security Minister said, "The UK faces a real and serious threat from terrorism. As of today, convicted terrorists who have served one year or more will have to register with the police in the same way as sex offenders and will have to report any foreign travel plans."
"This is one more tool for police to deal with the risk posed by those who've committed serious terrorist offences and those who breach these regulations could face another spell in jail,” he added
Breach of any of the notification requirements or a foreign travel restriction order will be criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison, according to British law enforcement sources.