Monday, September 18, 2017

Police are 'determined' to bring country's first prosecution for female genital mutilation as they launch campaign to protect children coming from abroad

  • 'Operation Limelight' targeted rail terminals for the first time in London and Kent
  • Passengers arriving on trains from Brussels and Paris were greeted by officers
  • Police also focused on forced marriage, breast ironing and child abuse 
  • FGM survivor Leyla Hussein said the lack of convictions was 'frustrating'
  • But the 36-year-old added any conviction means a child has been failed 
Police are targeting Eurostar terminals to protect children from female genital mutilation (FGM) as officers say they are 'absolutely determined' to obtain the first successful prosecution for the crime since it was outlawed over 30 years ago. 
Inspector Allen Davis, from Scotland Yard's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said it was 'really important' to show the practice, made illegal in 1985, is not tolerated.
A police operation to protect children from practices including FGM, forced marriage, breast ironing and child abuse linked to beliefs focused on Eurostar terminal in London and Kent today.
Police greeted Eurostar customers in London and Kent to protect children from FGM, forced marriage, breast ironing and child abuse
Police greeted Eurostar customers in London and Kent to protect children from FGM, forced marriage, breast ironing and child abuse
Difficulties getting people to report FGM and testify against family members is one of a 'number of reasons' nobody has yet been convicted, Mr Davis said at St Pancras. 
'We are absolutely determined to obtain a successful prosecution,' he said. 
'It is really important because of the message that it sends out that this will not be tolerated and it is illegal.

'FGM - and all the harmful practices - we know to be hugely under reported. They are complex issues and the data doesn't represent the scale of the problem.

'It's our role to increase awareness and encourage people to come forward and share information that gives people the confidence to report their concern.'

The only trial held in Britain for FGM ended in the the acquittal of the two male suspects in less than 15 minutes in 2015.

Passengers arriving in London on trains from Brussels and Paris were met by officers from the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and UK Border Force as part of Operation Limelight.

Those who may have travelled from 'countries of prevalence' linked to the 'harmful practices' were spoken to and handed educational material, Mr Davies said.

'Prosecution is important but it is also about preventing it happening, working in partnership and protecting the vulnerable,' he said.

Today marks the first time Operation Limelight has been implemented at a rail terminal as it has targeted UK airports until now.

Leyle Hussein, an FGM survivor and psychotherapist, says the lack of conviction was frustrating, but added that any successful conviction is proof that the child in question has been failed
Leyle Hussein, an FGM survivor and psychotherapist, says the lack of conviction was frustrating, but added that any successful conviction is proof that the child in question has been failed

It comes at the end of what charities have dubbed the 'cutting season' - when girls are taken abroad during the summer holidays to undergo FGM.

Leyla Hussein, a survivor and activist who observed the police operation, said: 'This is about prevention and giving out information but also if a child protection issue comes up, then we take that very seriously.'

The 36-year-old, who works as a psychotherapist, said prosecutions for FGM would help communities 'take it seriously'.

She said the lack of convictions was 'absolutely frustrating' for police, but added: 'There's another side to this, because for me, a conviction also means we failed a child.

'When you undergo FGM there is no way back from it. So wouldn't it be great if we intervened before any of this happened and educated parents.'

WHY IS FGM PRACTICED?


The World Health Organization (WHO) defines FGM as 'all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.' 

It estimates that more than 140 million girls and women globally have undergone this procedure.

More than three million girls in Africa alone are at risk of undergoing this practice every year. 

Many people from communities that practice it say that it is rooted in local culture and that the tradition has been passed from one generation to another, according to Human Rights Watch.

Preservation of cultural identity is cited as a reason. 

Women and girls are seem as gatekeepers of their family's honour, and therefore there are strict expectations regarding women's sexual 'purity'.

In some societies, the prevailing myth is that girls' sexual desires must be controlled early to preserve their virginity and prevent immorality. 

FGM is seen as necessary to ensure marital fidelity and to prevent deviant sexual behavior.
There are no health benefits to FGM and it can cause serious harm, including:
  • Constant pain.

  • Pain and/or difficulty having sex.

  • Repeated infections, which can lead to infertility.

  • Bleeding, cysts and abscesses.

  • Problems passing urine or incontinence.

  • Depression, flashbacks and self-harm.

  • Problems during labour and childbirth, which can be life-threatening for mother and baby.
Some girls die from blood loss or infection as a direct result of the procedure. 

Married family GP 'told a patient he was "horny" and "having lots of sex makes you healthy"

  • Mohammed Ihsan allegedly put his crotch into the face of his female patient
  • The 35-year-old reportedly kissed the woman and told her he was 'horny' 
  • Patient fled the room after he asked to look at her bottom 
  • Ihsan's wife sent a Facebook message to the patient, saying what she heard had 'killed her'
  • Ihsan is also accused of asking inappropriate questions to another patient
Mohammed Ihsan, 35, allegedly put his crotch in the face of the unnamed woman and kissed her on the lips
Mohammed Ihsan, 35, allegedly put his crotch in the face of the unnamed woman and kissed her on the lips
A family GP unzipped his trousers and offered to have sex with a female patient when she asked him about the contraceptive pill, a medical tribunal has heard.   
Newly married Mohammed Ihsan, 35, allegedly put his crotch in the face of the unnamed woman and kissed her on the lips, telling her: 'Having lots of sex makes you healthy.'
The patient claims she felt 'glued to her chair' as Ihsan smiled and told her: 'I am horny me' and that he wanted her to 'see his b***s' - something the GP has admitted.  
Ihsan then tried to hold his patient's hand, stroked her cheek and asked to see the patient's bum, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told.
The woman known as Patient B, who was being treated at the Dr Singh and Partners Health Centre in Pontefract, West Yorkshire in July 2016, fled the room and reported him days later. Ihsan, from Huddersfield, had been working as a locum at the surgery since 2015.
Ihsan's wife sent Patient B a Facebook message after the incident, saying what she had heard had 'absolutely killed' and 'shocked' her, the Manchester hearing was told.  
Speaking about Patient B, Alan Taylor, lawyer for the General Medical Council, told the hearing: 'She had been to see the doctor previously because she was feeling down and depressed and he asked her about her previous relationship and she remembers crying throughout the consultation and thought his questioning was strange.
'On the July 7 she had booked an appointment for a pill review and when she arrived for the appointment they both recognised each other.

 He took her blood pressure and measured her weight and asked her how things were in her life since she last saw him.

'She said things were really good and that she felt better with herself and the doctor said to her: "I can tell you are in a good place, you look good."

'He asked her why she wanted to be on The Pill if she wasn't having sex and she told him she wanted it to regulate her periods.

'But following that, he moved his chair towards her and said: "I am horny me." He had a smile on his face and was leaning forwards and she made herself clear that she was not.

 He said he could clear his desk and they could have sex on it there and then.'

As Patient B attempted to reject Mr Ihsan's advances by telling him he had other people outside the office waiting, he said he could 'lock the door if you want me to' and said that 'lots of sex makes you healthy', Mr Taylor told the Manchester hearing. 

Mr Ihsan said he had broken up with his wife before moving in closer to Patient B, trying to hold her hands and then briefly kissing her on the lips.  

Mr Taylor added: 'Following that, doctor Ihsan said to Patient B: "I want to show you something. I want you to see my b***s."

 He repeated this and kept saying: "I really, really want you to see my b***s," and he stood up, unzipped his trousers and put his crotch near her face.

'She jumped up to leave and leaned over to get the prescription on the side but her purse was open displaying a picture of her daughter. Dr Ihsan saw the photograph and commented saying: "She is beautiful, just like her mum."

 He said that if she wanted to meet him they could meet in a bar and he asked her for her number.

'He asked her where she lived, but she did not give an address just that it was "up the hill" and he told her he would come to see her some time. 

On her way out the doctor asked if he could see her bottom to which she replied "no" and at that point left the room.'

The alleged incident took place at Dr Singh and Partners Health Centre in Pontefract, West Yorkshire
The alleged incident took place at Dr Singh and Partners Health Centre in Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Mr Taylor said Patient B 'could not forgive herself' if a similar incident happened to another patient and that she broke down in tears as she gave her account of the story to the practice manager.

In another allegation, Ihsan is accused of making inappropriate remarks about another patient's sex life when the woman known as Patient A asked for antibiotics for a chest infection.

Mr Taylor said: 'She explained she was getting out of breath quickly and the doctor asked about her family and whether she suffered from anything such as anxiety or stress.

'Then he proceeded to ask her questions about her sex life and whether she was having regular sex, to which she replied that she was menopausal and didn't have much sex but that her husband didn't mind this.'

Patient A believed the questions were about exerting energy at first, but his questions became more explicit in nature, asking if she had orgasms or what she would do to sexually please her husband. 

Mr Taylor added: 'She felt uncomfortable and tried to steer the conversation back around to her symptoms. She does not know why she answered his questions but she says that because he was a doctor, she trusted him but that no other doctor has asked her things like that before.

'He asked her to come back in two weeks time which she thought was unusual and she decided not to make another appointment but to report the matter to the health centre. 

'Patient A's sexual life had no relevance to the chest problems which she had presented and his questions could not have been anything other than sexually motivated.' 

Ishan admitted that he asked Patient A if she was sexually active, whether or not she had orgasms, whether she satifisied her husband sexually. The GP denies asking what she would do if her husband was feeling sexual or how she would pleasure him.

Ihsan admits 11 misconduct charges but denies 21 others.

 The hearing continues.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prisoners in jail holding Britain's most dangerous extremist jihadis share illegal mobile phones by flushing them down the LOO

  • Inmates at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire passed devices between cells
  • The flushed phones were first encased in plastic bags in the 'bizarre' scheme
  • More than 20 prisoners in a special unit set up for terrorists were involved 
  • Lee Rigby's killer Michael Adebolajo is held in a similar unit in County Durham 
  • He and hate preacher Anjem Choudary were among the centre's first inmates
  • Units set for HMP Full Sutton near York and HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire 
Inmates at a prison branded 'Jihadi Jail' have been passing mobiles between cells by flushing them through sewage pipes. 
Prisoners of a segregation unit holding convicted terrorists used a 'linked system' of pipework to move the contraband devices from one cell to another at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire.
More than 20 inmates of the category A prison's most dangerous were found to be involved.
Inspectors called for improvements in security after inmates were found to be passing phones between cells
Inspectors called for improvements in security after inmates were found to be passing phones between cells
Phones were encased in waterproof bags attached to a string before being flushed, sources told the Mirror Online
One prison source said: 'This plot was absolutely bizarre. It shows how far inmates will go to get hold of banned items like mobiles.
Inmates of a special centre at HMP Whitemoor set up for convicted terrorists flushed phones down toilets to move them between cells
Inmates of a special centre at HMP Whitemoor set up for convicted terrorists flushed phones down toilets to move them between cells
'With the terror background and connections many of them have, it is extremely concerning that they gained access to mobiles in this way.' 

The plot was uncovered by governors at the category A prison, where at least four in 10 inmates are Muslim.

Pipes leading from one cell’s toilet to the next allowed convicts to fish phones out with coat hanger wire.

Phones were encased in plastic bags before being flushed through a network of pipes that ran between cells
Phones were encased in plastic bags before being flushed through a network of pipes that ran between cells

If the phone failed to flush, prisoners pulled the device up by a string and tried again.

An inspection discovered the plot, which was exposed on a report by the Independent Monitoring Board last week. 

Inspectors said 'Illicit mobile telephones can be passed from cell to cell via the toilet system.' 

There are fears of radicalisation at the so-called Jihadi Jail, which holds convicted terrorists. 

They called for security reviews and improvements at the unit, which holds more than 20 'unruly' prisoners.

The plot was uncovered during an inspection at the unit, which holds more than 20 'unruly' prisoners
The plot was uncovered during an inspection at the unit, which holds more than 20 'unruly' prisoners

The Ministry of Justice said: 'Progress remains to be made but HMP Whitemoor has already taken action to improve security.

'This includes intelligence-led searches for contraband and the introduction of new technology to find and detect mobile phones.'

This latest scandal at the jail follows a legal secretary and female warder falling in love with killer prisoners.

The pair then tried to smuggle drugs into prison for the inmates. 

The jail has suffered past smuggling scandals – including a legal secretary and a female warder who both fell in love with killer inmates and tried to bring in drugs for them.

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary is held in a similar unit
Left, Lee Rigby's killer Michael Adebolajo and, right, hate preacher Anjem Choudary are held in a similar unit

Lee Rigby's killer Michael Adebolajo and hate preacher Anjem Choudary were among the first inmates at three special 'jihadi jails', which have been dubbed prisons within prisons.

The pair were held in a special unit at HMP Frankland in Country Durham, with centres also expected to open at HMP Full Sutton near York and at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire in the coming months.

The centres were set up to isolate jihadists in the hope of stopping radicalisation among the wider prison population. 

Explosion that was heard across Manchester was caused by a NAIL BOMB

  • Sources close to the investigation say it was 'packed full of nails and screws'
  • The explosion outside the Salford cafe was heard across Greater Manchester
  • Four men in a Lexus were arrested after police chased them down the street 
  • Police believe it may be linked to another explosion in the county days earlier
  • An industrial style firework was strapped to an exhaust to blow up a car 
A bomb which exploded outside a café was packed with nails and screws.
It was left under the shutters of The Lounge in Pendleton, Salford, earlier this week.
It damaged the shutters, canopy, windows and pavement outside the cafe.
Sources close to the investigation say a device that exploded outside a Salford cafe was packed with nails and screws
Sources close to the investigation say a device that exploded outside a Salford cafe was packed with nails and screws
The bang was heard across Greater Manchester at around 12.30am on Tuesday.
Police said the nature of the device is still the subject of forensic examination.
A source said: 'It was packed full of nails and screws and forensics have been pulling them all out of the woodwork.'
Another person close to the investigation confirmed nails were in the device.

The explosion came after a car was blown up with an industrial style firework in Eccles, also in Greater Manchester, three days earlier. 

Bomb disposal units were dispatched to both scenes and police believe the incidents could be linked.

The device is still being probed in a forensic investigation after it exploded outside The Lounge in Greater Manchester 
The device is still being probed in a forensic investigation after it exploded outside The Lounge in Greater Manchester 

A baffled family in Grafton Avenue, where the firework was attached to a Vauxhall Corsa's exhaust, said they had no idea as to why it was targeted.

Gina and Tom Harrison say the firework ripped the bumper and back lights off the vehicle.

The incident followed another explosion in Eccles three days earlier, when an industrial style firework was used to blow up a car
The incident followed another explosion in Eccles three days earlier, when an industrial style firework was used to blow up a car

Their son, Tom, heard a car 'screeching' down the road at around 6.30pm while watching football upstairs with a friend.

When the young men looked outside they saw a 'red glow' underneath the car and heard a 'huge bang'.

Four occupants of a Lexus car were arrested by police after they tried to escape on foot following the explosion
Four occupants of a Lexus car were arrested by police after they tried to escape on foot following the explosion

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of possession of explosives after a police chase.
At about 7pm on Thursday officers saw a Lexus car on Stockport Road, which was thought to be stolen and linked to the explosions.

Officers followed the Lexus for a short time before it stopped and reversed, ramming the police car near to Regent Road, Salford.

The occupants abandoned the car and attempted to escape on foot but officers soon caught up with them and detained them.

The men, aged 20, 24, 24, and 29, have since been bailed pending further enquiries.


Nigel Farage: I've been saying for years that we have a fifth column living within our society

None of the 400 British citizens who fought with ISIS in Syria before coming back have been charged with war crimes

Government could deport terrorists to The Hague's international criminal court to face trial after ruling by Council of Europe.
The UK's security service MI5 estimates some 815 Brits left the country to fight with the terror group, with about half now returned to UK shores.
 None of the 400 Brits who came back after fighting with ISIS have been charged with war crimes
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None of the 400 Brits who came back after fighting with ISIS have been charged with war crimes
However, none have been charged with war crimes that would see them stand trial at the international criminal court in The Hague, Netherlands.
The Council of Europe, which is not part of the European Union's bureaucracy, ruled last year that membership of the depraved terror group, also known as Daesh, is legitimate grounds for prosecution at the ICC.
It means that any of the council's 47 member countries, including Britain, could deport citizens to face trial at The Hague.
 Labour's Liam Byrne said the government should be using international law to prosecute ISIS fighters who have now come back to British shores
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Labour's Liam Byrne said the government should be using international law to prosecute ISIS fighters who have now come back to British shores
Labour's Liam Byrne, the shadow minister for digital economy, backed the decision and wants to see ISIS members put on trial, reported the Sunday Mirror.
He said: “We know British citizens were soldiers and commanders in Daesh’s army of evil. Yet not a single soldier captured on their return has been charged with war crimes or genocide.”
He added: "The Government must look again at throwing the full weight of international law at those who took part in crimes against humanity.”
The Council of Europe's ruling read: "Individuals who act in the name of Deash have perpetrated acts of genocide and other serious crimes punishable under international law."
The UK Parliament backed the decision with a unanimous vote in April 2016.