Court grants lifelong anonymity in 91% of extremism and terror cases

A new investigation by the Mail on Sunday has revealed that the secretive Special Immigration Appeals Commission has doled out lifelong anonymity orders to protect 91% of those who came before the court since 2014 – including hate clerics and terror associates.

The secretive Special Immigration Appeals Commission was established by the Blair government in 1997 and has been described as “the most secret court within English law.”


It is charged with handling appeals from people deported by the Home Secretary or stripped of their citizenship rights for key national security reasons, but the ease with which judges on the secretive panel are handing out anonymity orders to accused extremists has caused concerns.

The Henry Jackson Society’s Sam Armstrong said: “The public have a right to know which jihadis are returning from Syria to walk the streets of Britain.”

The paper also reports that an associate of the so-called “ISIS Beatles” – a gang of British Jihadis responsible for brutal beheadings in Iraq and Syria – is among those being protected by the court’s anonymity orders.


It comes amid brewing concerns about the rate at which convicted extremists are being let loose from Britain’s prisons to roam the streets of our country.

This website reported earlier this month how 42 convicted terrorists had been unleashed on the country last year, with 45% of those caged in 2020 also due for release by the end of 2024.

Earlier this year, Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist found himself deemed “suitable for release” from prison after spending five years behind bars for a plot to behead an Australian policeman. He has also been granted anonymity and is known only as RXG.

The Judicial Communications Office have defended the granting of lifelong anonymity orders by saying: “Anonymity does not follow as a matter of course. Typically it is granted to protect the appellant and/or their family from the risk of violence or death, and/or to safeguard children.”