Treason Act repealed by mistake.

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Treason Act repealed by mistake.

Postby holy vehm » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:25 am

A law that threatens to jail for life anyone who calls for the abolition of the monarchy has been mistakenly included on a list of recently repealed offences.

Blundering officials at the Ministry of Justice included Section Three of the Treason Felony Act 1848 on its list of 309 offences repealed in the year to May.

The Act makes it punishable by life imprisonment to ‘imagine’ overthrowing the Crown or waging war against the Queen. It has not been used to prosecute anyone since 1879.

In 2001, the Act was challenged in the High Court by The Guardian, which claimed the law violated article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the right to free speech.

The challenge was launched after the newspaper was unable to gain official reassurance a campaign calling for a referendum on the future of the monarchy would not lead to prosecutions under the Act.

The case was the first to be brought purely under the Human Rights Act, which at the time had been in force for just four months.

Ultimately, five law lords in the House of Lords deemed the newspaper’s action to be unnecessary.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said of the blunder: ‘Section three of the Treason Felony Act 1848 has not been repealed.

‘The Ministry of Justice has removed this publication and is reviewing its contents.’

‘Being an incorrigible rogue’, under the Vagrancy Act 1824, has also been repealed.

A total of 327 criminal offences were created in the year to May, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year.

"A ruler who violates the law is illegitimate. He has no right to be obeyed. His commands are mere force and coercion. Rulers who act lawlessly, whose laws are unlawful, are mere criminals".
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