Following the terrorist attack in central London on 3rd June 2017, the Prime Minister declared, ‘Enough is enough’ in relation to violent extremism. Just 15 days later, however, the flag of the proscribed terrorist group, Hizballah, was paraded through central London without police intervention. This is because of a loophole by which UK legislation proscribes only Hizballah’s military ‘wing’, but not its supposed political ‘wing’. This article examines the legal background to this situation and argues that the current distinction between Hizballah’s supposed ‘wings’ is untenable. If the Home Secretary shares the Prime Minister’s view that ‘Enough is enough’, she should now move to proscribe Hizballah in its entirety.
‘wings’, Hizballah, proscription, counter-terrorism, Terrorism
How to CiteMendelsohn J. (2018) “Closing the loophole: time to clip Hizballah’s ‘wings’”, Crime Security and Society. 1(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/css.2018.04