Benjamin Hannam was found guilty of five counts including membership of the National Action group forbid submitting a false application to join the police force without disclosing its membership. Possession of documents useful to terrorists and possession of child pornography.
Hannam was the first official in the UK to be convicted of a terrorist organization, according to the court.
The former police officer has been involved with the National Action neo-Nazi group since 2016 but left the group before joining the police force in March 2018, the London Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Judge Anthony Leonard said Hannam’s wrongdoing was “It is so serious that it can only be sentenced to imprisonment.”
The 22-year-old serves as a probation officer of the London Metropolitan Police.
Commander Richard Smith of the Mate’s counter-terrorism unit said after Hannam was convinced that “People expect police officers to perform their duties with the highest levels of honesty and integrity … Sadly, PC Hannam doesn’t show these qualities first. By joining and getting involved with a banned organization far from then when he lied about his past connection to the group when applying to become the police.
National Action became the first far-right group to be banned under UK terrorism law in December 2016.Membership of the U.K. organization is considered a criminal offense, described by Home. That country’s office Anti-Semitic and homophobic “
The Met previously said Hannam gained detectives’ attention last year as part of a broader investigation into the far right. Police said they found documents on USB memory sticks and other digital devices linking Hannam to the far-right group. The folder on the memory stick is named “NA” and contains files related to National Action.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Neil Basu told Times Radio he was “shocked and betrayed” by Hannam, as well as “tens of thousands of good police officers across the country”.