British court charges Paul Golding as a terrorist after he refused to share his iPhone PIN with the police
Paul Golding the leader of Britain First has been found guilty of an offense under the Terrorism Act after refusing to give police the PIN of his mobile phone on his return from a political trip to Russia. Paul Golding was arrested in October 2019 after he returned from a series of meetings with Russian politicians.
Golding, 38, was stopped at Heathrow by Metropolitan police officers on 23 October 2019. He refused to give the pin codes for an iPhone and Apple computer to the Metropolitan police officers and was later charged with willfully refusing to comply with a duty under Schedule 7 of the British Terrorism Act. The British police are allowed under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 200 to demand passwords, PIN codes, and so on to electronic devices.
Golding told the court that he refused to hand over his PIN to the police because it could have leaked personal details of other Britain First’s members. Golding denied all the charges levied on him by the polic but was found guilty in the trial at Westminster magistrates court in London on Wednesday. The presiding chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot ruled there was “no doubt” that Golding had failed to comply with requests for information, despite his obligations being explained to him and being warned “over and over” that he risked arrest.
Judge Arbuthnot handed Golding a conditional discharge for nine months and ordered him to pay a £21 surcharge and £750 in costs.