Amended several times over the centuries, Britain’s Treason Act of 1351 remains. However the last time it was used was in 1946 at the trial of William Joyce – otherwise known as Lord Haw-Haw. Joyce assisted Germany during World War II by broadcasting Nazi propaganda and was executed by hanging for treason.
While the 665-year-old act has not been used in the modern era, it has been highlighted as recently as 2014 when the then Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond suggested that British extremists who travel to Iraq and Syria and pledge allegiance to ISIS could be charged with high treason.
The claims of murder and torture of prisoners against British soldiers at the Battle of Danny Boy during the Iraq War in 2004 led to the £31m Al-Sweady inquiry, which lasted from 2009 until 2014. Phil Shiner’s Public Interest Lawyers, which folded in August last year, represented the families of dead Iraqis in the allegations against British soldiers. The claims were ultimately dismissed in the inquiry’s final report as ‘wholly without foundation’. Phil Shiner has been struck off and ordered to pay costs of £250,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and there are calls for him to be further prosecuted for fraud.
Colonel Richard Kemp, former infantry commander and veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, wrote last week that “Shiner’s accusations helped incite our jihadist enemies at home and around the world, providing ideal propaganda for terrorist leaders to inspire recruits and attract funders. It is certainly possible that people have died as a consequence of Shiner’s malpractice.”
In April, lawyers from Leigh Day are also set to face the tribunal. The SRA is bringing 19 charges related to the Al-Sweady inquiry against senior partner Martyn Day, partner Sapna Malik and solicitor Anna Crowther. Leigh Day, incidentally, are donors to Emily Thornberry, Corbyn’s Shadow Foreign Secretary.
On the 14th December last year the caliphate-seeking extremist conveyor belt Hizb ut Tahrir and the Muslim rights group CAGE blocked off a central London square to demand a caliphate while a crowd chanted ‘Allahu Akbar’. CAGE’s Director Asim Qureshi – a British Passport Holder – has form for taking to London’s streets calling for jihad, as well as calling ISIS executioner Jihadi John a beautiful man.
At the 14th December gathering a “poet” addressed the crowd and chanted:
We need a Caliph who will clean up these streets / Who will smack up armies and who will back beef [fighting]. / Backhand your missiles back to your land, that’s the plan. / World domination at hand. We can expand and take out these fools.
While the 1351 Treason Act currently declares as treasonable killing the Queen, counterfeiting the Great Seal of Scotland and attempting to hinder the succession to the British throne, it also declares helping out Britain’s enemies as a treasonable act.
The likes of Shiner, CAGE, Hizb ut Tahrir, Anjem Choudary and – let’s see what the tribunal says – Martyn Day would surely have been candidates for charges of treason when Lord Haw-Haw swung.
The Death Penalty was of course abolished in 1965. Britain’s Treason Act of 1351 is still in force.
What has changed since Haw-Haw’s conviction?
Are the Death Penalty and Treason being confused by the British Government?
Why is the Treason law not being enforced against these traitors and tank chasers today?
Do we, the Public, need to initiate civil proceedings against the enemy within to remind the British Government of the laws at its disposal which it chooses – so feebly – to ignore?