A man who refused to provide passwords to his electronic devices when stopped by British police was found guilty under terrorism laws at a court in London on Monday, in a case that campaigners say threatens personal privacy.
Muhammad Rabbani, 36, the international director of campaign group CAGE was found guilty of wilfully obstructing or seeking to frustrate an examination or search, and given a conditional 12-month discharge, and was ordered to pay a £620 (US$830) fine.
CAGE is an advocacy group which campaigns against the impact of counterterrorism policies, and came to international attention over links to Jihadi John, a British Islamic militant, before he went to Syria.
Rabbani said he was returning from a wedding in Qatar when he was stopped at Heathrow last November. Police seized his phone and computer, and demanded the passwords for the devices.
Rabbani said that he had not provided the passwords as he wanted to protect …