Thousands sign Four Lions actor's terror law petition

A petition launched by Four Lions actor Adeel Akhtar calling for the Government to look urgently at terrorism laws used to detain David Miranda has been backed by more than 38,000 names less than 24 hours after it was started.

Adeel Akhtar played Faisal in the jihad satire film Four Lions. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/

Akhtar, who was held under similar laws in New York in 2002, posted the petition yesterday on the campaigning site Change.org.

He wrote: "Schedule 7 has a become a blunt legal instrument that the UK government can use to intimidate people who it doesn’t agree with."

More: What is Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act?

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