Terrorist Flags at London Rallies (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


David Kurten AM:  Thank you.  Following on from Assembly Member Badenoch’s question about Hezbollah flags, as far as I am aware in the UK the military wing of Hezbollah is proscribed as a terrorist organisation.  The political wing is not, but they have the same flag.  Could that be a reason why Hezbollah flags are allowed to fly and no action has been taken?


Answer for Terrorist Flags at London Rallies (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Terrorist Flags at London Rallies (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chairman, the Assembly Member raises an important point.  For me to get involved in public legal advice is probably not sensible but you are right.  I am happy to provide an explanation about the different wings of Hezbollah.  I have had a brief on it, in fact.  The short explanation is that Hezbollah’s military wing and Hezbollah’s external security organisation was proscribed in March 2001 and in 2008.  The proscription was extended to Hezbollah’s military operators, including the Jihad Council.  Hezbollah’s political wing is not proscribed and I can go into the definitions of the Terrorism Act 2000 if the Chairman wanted me to.  There is relevant case law and there are views that have been expressed publicly before by Assistant Commissioners and by the Home Office.


What is important, though, is that I take on board the concerns raised by colleagues around the Assembly and come back with answers to the questions that have been raised, rightly at this MQT.


David Kurten AM:  There are some other countries where the whole of Hezbollah is proscribed as a terrorist organisation.  Will you be making calls for the political wing of Hezbollah to be proscribed as well as the military wing?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  No, that is not what I have committed to do.  What I have committed to do is to come back after speaking to the Commissioner in relation to the views expressed by the various Assembly Members.  What is important is that nobody breaks the law but also that nobody is caused distress or alarm as a consequence of people waving flags in our great city.