Malik told to write own production order
22 May 08

Lawyers representing journalist Shiv Malik and Greater Manchester Police were today told to draft new production orders as judges adjourned to consider their decision in Malik’s attempt to quash an order relating to materials for his book Leaving Al Qaeda.

Andew Edis QC, representing Greater Manchester Police said that it may be possible to write a more specific order, as police had now seen a manuscript of the book, which had been given to police by Malik’s publishers, Constable & Robinson.

Earlier, it had been alleged that Malik may possibly have been in breach of sections 19 and 38 of the Terrorism Act – witholding information concerning fundraising and other terrorist activity by alleged former extremist, Hassan Butt. James Eadie QC, acting for Shiv Malik, said his client had a right not to incriminate himself, under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

A verdict will be delivered in mid-June.

Read background to the case here