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sentencing appeal rules to cover more terror offences

image copyrightepaimage caption there were calls for more sentences to be reviewed came after anjem choudary was convicted the public will be able to challenge a wider range of sentences given for terror offences under new plans.currently, people in england and wales can challenge punishments given for the most serious terror offences under the unduly lenient sentence scheme.but under the changes - which come into effect on 8 august - sentences for 19 other crimes will be open to challenge.calls for the extension came after hate preacher anjem choudary was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.his crime - inviting support for so-called islamic state - was not previously covered by the scheme.the uls scheme allows anyone to appeal against crown court sentences if they think are too lightcrimes covered include murder, rape, robbery, and serious drug crimesthe concept was introduced by the 1988 criminal justice actthe attorney general's office can refer cases to the court of appeal, where they are reviewedin 2015, 136 cases were referred to the court of appeal, which led to an increasing of sentences for 102 offendersnew crimes that can be reviewed under the uls scheme include supporting proscribed organisations, encouraging terrorism, sharing terrorist propaganda, or not disclosing information about a terrorist attack. the new scheme will not be applied retrospectively. media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia caption'terrorists will feel full force of...