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United Kingdom: First Woman Convicted Under Terrorism Act

(Dec. 2, 2007) Samina Malik, a female employee of the bookstore WH Smith at Heathrow Airport, is the first woman to have been convicted in the United Kingdom under the Terrorism Act. She has been found guilty of keeping terrorist manuals, specifically, articles "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism." Malik had been arrested in October 2007 and had earlier been found not guilty of a more serious charge of possessing an article for terrorist purposes, a crime under section 57 of the Terrorism Act. ( UK: London Court Convicts First Woman Under Terrorism Act, BBC NEWS , Nov. 8, 2007, Open Source Center No. EUP20071108167007.)

Malik has described herself as the "lyrical terrorist" and has written poems entitled "How to Behead" and "The Living Martyrs" she maintained a collection of documents described as useful to terrorists and listed her interests on an Internet social networking Web site as "helping the mujaheddin in any way which I can." She is scheduled for sentencing in early December. ("Lyrical Terrorist" Convicted over Hate Records , GUARDIAN UNLIMITED , Nov. 8, 2007, available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,2207426,00.html .)