Friday, April 24, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Grinning rapist finally jailed almost SIX years after attacking teenage girl, 14, as police admit 'unacceptable delays and failures' allowed him to live freely near his victim
- Arman Nejad, 24, dragged girl into his house and raped her in October 2009
- Police interviewed the victim in 2010 but then the case was never pursued
- In 2013 teenager had demanded to know why Nejad still living close-by
- Nejad was then arrested and jailed on Friday for five years for the rape
No shame: Child rapist Arman Nejad grinning after his arrest in 2013 - he was free for several years after the attack because of a bungled police investigation and was jailed for five years on Friday
A grinning child rapist able to live streets away from his victim for years afterwards because of a bungled police investigation has finally been jailed for five years.
Arman Nejad, 23, dragged the teenager into his house and abused her in October 2009 as she walked to a youth club in Moss Side, Manchester.
The girl, now 18, eventually went to police in February 2010 and was interviewed by officers who then mysteriously dropped the case.
Three years later police visited her about a different matter and she asked why her rape case was shelved, and detectives then arrested and charged Nejad with rape.
Today Greater Manchester Police admitted 'unacceptable delays and failures' allowed the rapist to live as a free man just streets away from the girl he attacked.
She has made a formal complaint about the conduct of the officers involved, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission is aware of the case, which will be investigated internally.
Superintendent Simon Retford, from GMP's Professional Standards Branch, said: 'There were unacceptable delays in bringing the case to court after the initial complaint was made.
'The victim received a service that I believe fell below the level which we strive to offer to victims of rape and other sexual abuse.
'An investigation is underway to establish the reasons and circumstances around our initial response and apparent lack of action in progressing this case.'
In October 2009, the victim was walking along Caythorpe Street, Moss Side with her friends and all were making their way to a nearby youth club.
Nejad called the girl over his house on false pretences, separating her from her friends.
Once her friends had walked out of view he dragged her into the house and raped her.
Last year it emerged that Greater Manchester Police faced ten investigations into alleged mishandling of sexual assault and rape cases.
One included a claim that a vulnerable child was able to enter the home of a suspected paedophile, who was already under surveillance.
In 2013, the same year Nejad was finally arrested, GMP chief constable Sir Peter Fahy admitted that six out of every ten crimes were not properly investigated.
Greater Manchester's officers only 'actively pursue' criminals in 40 per cent of cases reported to them, he said, with detectives effectively shelving or 'screening out' the rest because there are no witnesses or clues.
It meant that more than 106,000 crimes in Greater Manchester were all but given up by the force as lost causes.
Today the force said that it takes sexual abuse seriously.
Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, from GMP's Phoenix Protect Team, said: 'Greater Manchester Police's Protect Team was first made aware of Arman Nejad's appalling crimes in 2013.
'As a result, a full and thorough investigation was completed that resulted in this matter being brought to court and which aided in bringing Arman Nejad to justice.
'While the Force absolutely accepts the failures in this case, we should also stress that the work of Protect and the Phoenix partnership over the last few years that has made huge strides
towards protecting vulnerable people who are at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
'Working with our partner agencies, we can make use of legislation at our disposal to disrupt premises where we suspect CSE may be taking place, shut those premises down and also arrest and investigate suspects so we can put them before the courts, as we have done with Arman Nejad.
'With the launch of the 'It's not Okay' campaign we are increasing public awareness of how to protect children at risk by increasing people's understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs of CSE.
'Together, we will continue to tackle CSE and continue to pursue people like Arman Nejad and expose them for the criminals they really are'.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
- Shah Jahah Khan and Ibrahim Anderson are accused of terror offences
- The pair appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in Islamic dress
- Accused of handing out ISIS propaganda leaflets on Oxford Street
Two men accused of setting up a stall on London's Oxford Street and handing out ISIS propaganda leaflets to shoppers have pleaded not guilty to terror offences.
Shah Jahah Khan, 62, and Muslim convert Ibrahim Anderson, 38, both from Luton, each deny one charge of inviting support for a banned organisation.
Anderson appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court wearing dark grey Islamic dress with a grey cardigan, while elderly-looking Khan appeared with a long white beard and light blue Islamic dress.
Ibrahim Anderson, left, and Shah Jahah Khan, who have both pleaded guilty to terror offences today at Westminister Magistrates Court
The court heard that the charge relates to an offence on August 9 last year, when the pair are alleged to have handed out leaflets about ISIS on the busy shopping street.
Anderson also denied one charge of possessing information likely to be useful for the preparation of or carrying out an act of terrorism, when police searched his property in December last year.
Prosecutor Adam Harbinson told the court: 'On the August 9 last year a group of around six men erected a stall near Oxford Street.
'There were leaflets being handed out by the people running that stall. It is alleged that Anderson and Khan were two people assisting in the running of that stall and they were both taking part in handing out the leaflets.
The court heard that the charge relates to an offence on August 9 last year, when the pair are alleged to have handed out leaflets about ISIS on the busy shopping street, pictured
Khan, and Anderson are accused of setting up a stall on London's Oxford Street and handing out leaflets inviting shoppers to join ISIS
'Although the leaflet doesn't mention ISIS in Iraq or Syria, an expert in Islamic studies has concluded the only circumstances the leaflets could possibly be making reference to are the declaration by ISIS and its leader of the establishment of an Islamic State last summer.
'The leaflet sets out that Muslims have a duty to further the causes of the caliphate.
'One of the men was challenged by members of the public as to why he was handing out leaflets calling for support of this organisation.
The court heard how the leaflets handed out related to ISIS. Pictured are members loyal to ISIS waving the group's flag in Raqqa, Syria
'He responded by saying in general terms that non-believers, or Kafirs, should be killed.'
Anderson and Khan remained standing throughout the hearing, 'in accordance with their religious beliefs', defence counsel Tony Lodge said.
Senior district judge Howard Riddle granted the two men conditional bail and they will appear at the Old Bailey on May 15.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
More than a quarter of London’s prison population are Muslims, prompting urgent calls for an inquiry into what is happening in the justice system.
Official figures have revealed that record levels of Muslim people are serving jail sentences and that the numbers are still growing. Across England and Wales the proportion has risen from eight per cent a decade ago to 14 per cent now.
In London, the figure is an “astonishing” 27 per cent, which is more than double the 12 per cent of the capital’s population who are Muslim. In two prisons, Feltham and Isis, a third of the inmates were Muslim.
The data was obtained by Sadiq Khan, the lawyer and shadow justice secretary who is himself a Muslim. He told the Evening Standard that an inquiry was vital to explain why the increase is happening.
“What’s really worrying is the rise, year after year, in the number of Muslims behind bars,” he said, adding: “We need to know why that’s the case if we’re to stop this rising further, reduce crime and prevent people needlessly becoming victims.”
Half of the top 10 prisons with the highest Muslim populations are in London, including Belmarsh, where the percentage has risen since 2010 from 19 to 29 per cent, Brixton (24 per cent), Pentonville (28 per cent), Thameside (25 per cent) and Wormwood Scrubs (27 per cent).
Mr Khan accused the Government of sitting on its hands after a 2010 call by the Chief Inspector of Prisons for a National Strategy to deal with the growing numbers of Muslims behind bars.
He said: “Four years on and ministers have ignored this call. The Government is utterly clueless about what to do about this growing problem. This is a waste of human talent and a huge drain on the hard-pressed taxpayer.”
Higher offending rates is only one of many possible reasons why the prison population is higher for some groups of the population. Other explanations could be that Muslims are more frequently caught and prosecuted, or sentenced to longer prison terms compared with other offenders.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We have already implemented many of the recommendations from the 2010 report.”
Cutters are using new techniques to inflict female genital mutilation on girls living in Britain in an attempt to avoid detection, MPs have been warned.
The Royal College of Midwives said that the “communities” who carried out FGM had begun to “vary the practice” to stay “one step ahead” of those seeking to stop the crime.
It cited one recent case in which mutilation of a type “never seen before” had been inflicted, and added that the new tactics were creating “difficulties” for medical staff as they battled to eradicate the barbaric practice.
The warning came during a hearing of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, which also heard claims that adult British women are being forced to undergo mutilation after marrying men from communities that practise FGM.
There was a separate warning from the Met — which disclosed it is currently conducting 18 “live” investigations into suspected mutilation — about a continuing lack of cases being referred to police by NHS staff and teachers.
But the most disturbing evidence came as the Royal College of Midwives’ FGM adviser Janet Fyle told MPs that new methods are being used to inflict mutilation.
“As we get more vigilant the communities who practise FGM vary how and what they do and when,” she said.
“There are standard types of FGM, but recently somebody has come across something that we have never seen before and they do it in a different way.
“They are always one step ahead of those who are trying to stop them.”
Ms Fyle said she was also concerned that cases involving adult British victims who married men from cultures that believed in FGM were being overlooked.
She said: “Another issue for me is that we are just focusing on under-18s.
“When you open this can of worms you will find that you have British born children, European children, who might marry into that community and at 18 plus they might be pressured into having FGM.”
In earlier evidence, Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven, who leads Scotland Yard’s efforts to combat mutilation, said police were liaising with prosecutors over four cases and that another 18 “live investigations” were underway.
He admitted, however, that the overall number of probes remained “very small” and that law enforcers were “certainly not going to prosecute our way to eradicating FGM” in time to meet the government’s target of eliminating the practice in Britain within a decade.
Mr Niven blamed a low level of referrals from the NHS and schools for the lack of action so far.
He added that only a handful of the 83 suspected cases passed to police during the past nine months turned out to involve suspected FGM.
'Chilling' posters in Cardiff warn Muslims not to vote in the general election because 'it violates the right of Allah'
- Posters were stuck on lampposts and bus stops in Grangetown suburb
- They told Muslim electorate Islam was 'only real workable solution' for UK
- Cardiff Council has begun removing the posters dubbed 'chilling' by locals
Posters telling Muslims not to vote in the election were plastered across an area of Cardiff
Posters telling Muslims not to vote in the election were plastered across an area of Cardiff yesterday.
They read: 'Democracy is a system whereby man violates the right of Allah.'
Posters were stuck on lampposts and bus stops across the Grangetown suburb telling the Muslim electorate: 'Islam is the only real workable solution for the UK'.
Cardiff Council have begun removing the posters, dubbed 'chilling' and 'threatening' by locals.
The full message on the poster reads: 'Democracy is a system whereby man violates the right of Allah and decides what is permissible or impermissible for mankind,
based solely on their whims and desires.
'This leads to a decayed and degraded society where crime and immorality becomes widespread and injustice becomes the norm.
'Islam is the only real, working solution for the UK.
'It is a comprehensive system of governance where the laws of Allah are implemented and justice is observed.'
Local parent Greg Pycroft, 36, was with his two-year-old son when he came across 20 posters plastered on his walk to nursery yesterday.
The Welsh Government worker said: 'It was quite chilling and threatening to see these posters.'
Cardiff Council says any religiously motivated or offensive stickers will be removed as a priority.
Grangetown councillor Ashley Govier said: 'People have a right to vote and that needs to be respected. Grangetown is a very tolerant area but it's got to go both ways.
'If they do choose not to exercise their right to vote, that's their business but we're trying to encourage people to do so and this is unhelpful and not very nice.'
Mr Govier said the council's response has been immediate and 'pretty incredible'.
Sahar al-Faifi, 29, of the Muslim Council of Wales, said the anti-voting posters were put up in response to the voter registration campaign in Cardiff for the last three months.
Miss al-Faifi added: 'The reason behind these posters is we have had such a successful voter registration campaign across mosques in Cardiff.
'We have been doing it every Friday for three months to encourage worshippers in an unpartisan way to participate in their civic duties.
'Most mosques were on board and the hateful people behind these posters do not represent us.
'The mosques believe they can be part of the political process of this country.'
The groups Muslim Council of Wales, Hope Not Hate and CitizenUK have been leading the voter registration action across the Cardiff suburbs of Cathays, Grangetown and Butetown.