UK divided on amending trea-son laws

LONDON: A row has broken out in the British cabinet after the UK’s dep-uty prime minister, Dominic Raab, blocked Home Office plans to reform the country’s 650-year-old treason laws.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Security Minister Tom Tugendhat had proposed new legislation that set out offenses for which extremists, hackers and other “malign” actors who swear allegiance to hostile foreign powers could be prosecuted, the Times revealed on Tuesday.
The plans were intended to make it easier to take legal action against Brit-ish extremists such as Daesh bride Shamima Begum, and members of the so-called Daesh “Beatles” cell Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh. Braverman and Tugendhat submitted to the cabinet their proposed chang-es as part of an amendment to the National Security Bill that is going through parliament. . –Agencies