Thursday, October 20, 2016
Syrian doctor who said he would rather return to war-ravaged Aleppo than stay in UK is ARRESTED after ranting inside Croydon migrant centre about how he is forced to stay in '5-star hotels'
- Doctor is angry over the restrictions on him since he claimed asylum
- He says he's been stopped from working and doesn't want to live in hostels
- Doctor was arrested today after a disturbance in an immigration building
A former Syrian Army doctor who said he would rather be in war-torn Aleppo than Britain was arrested at an immigration centre today.
Dr Abdulkader Majed Al-Zuebi was held by six officers and bundled into a police van for a public order offence outside the Home Office headquarters at Lunar House, Croydon, South London
The plastic surgeon, who arrived in the UK on October 8 with a German passport, has moaned that government restrictions means he can only stay in five-star hotels like the Four Seasons Hotel since he arrived.
Dr Al-Zuebi even said he was forced to sell his £3,000 Rolex watch to pay for his hotel bills because he does not have a visa to work.
Arrest: Syrian Dr Abdulkader Majed Al-Zuebi, pictured, who moaned he wanted to be deported back to war-torn Aleppo because he preferred it to Britain was arrested outside an immigration centre today
Held: Dr Al-Zuebi, a plastic surgeon, pictured, who boasts he once earned £6,000-a-month arrived in Britain on October 8 from Germany with a German passport. But he has begged Home Office officials to allow he to return to Syria
Selfie: Dr Al-Zuebi, who reportedly has a fiancee in the UK, is angry at the restrictions that have been placed on him. Because he applied for asylum when he arrived at Stansted Airport he is not allowed to work
The plastic surgeon, who was reportedly a medic in the Syrian Army, says he has been staying at the Four Seasons Hotel since he arrived and was forced to sell his £3,000 Rolex watch to pay for his hotel bills
Dr Al-Zuebi, who claims he once earned £6,000-a-month, said officials have refused to give him his German passport back since he arrived at Stansted airport 12 days ago.
He has pleaded with the Home Office to allow him to fly back to war torn Aleppo as soon as possible because he prefers it to Britain.
An hour before his arrest this afternoon Dr Al-Zuebi, who claims to have a fiancee in Britain and has appears to have stayed in five star hotels in Turkey and London previously, said he would sleep outside the Home Office building until they deported him.
He has a form issued to him at Stansted Airport when he arrived reportedly confirming he had applied for asylum in the UK, which prevents him from working.
'I do not have my papers,' he said. 'They were taken when I arrived.
'I have not been able to stay anywhere other than five star hotels and I cannot work without my papers.
'I used to have jobs earning £6,000 a month as a doctor. In hostels the beds are bad and the food is not better than normal.
'The Home Office say it will be six months before I get my passport back. I have had to spend my nights in five star hotels like the Marriott and The Four Seasons.
'I had to sell my Rolex for £3,000 to pay for my rooms. I had membership to these hotels back in Syria so I can stay there without papers.'
The refugee argued he want to be deported and said: 'It's not a better life here.
'I want to work and support myself and I have told them I want to be deported. I've been turning up here for several days.
'They say they are not going to send me back to Syria. I will need to buy a British passport and book a private flight to Damascus.
'I used to fight for Assad and I am going to return to do that in Syria. Everyone says you will have a better life in the UK and it's not true.
'It's different for minors because they can't support themselves but I'm a normal man and I can. I am going to camp out here and sleep here until I get my papers.'
An hour after his alleged rant, the doctor was dragged from the building, bent over and restrained by officers.
Scotland Yard confirmed: 'At around 3.30pm officers were informed of a disturbance at Lunar House.
'They arrested man on suspicion of a public order offence. He had been remanded in a south London custody suite. Enquiries continue.'
Yesterday Dr Al-Zuebi claimed he left Syria when the war started as he could not 'kill civilians'
He added: 'I was put in jail, then I fled to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, then Greece, then to Germany.'
As he has a German passport he was able to get into the UK legally.
Dr Al-Zuebi highlighted his case to reporters covering the arrival of child migrants from Calais's 'Jungle' camp.
He said: 'I want to go back. I would rather be back in Aleppo than stay here. I want to deport myself.
'I would tell those arriving from Calais to go back. It is better there than it is here.'
He is understood to have a British fiancee and three relatives living in the UK, but said he hated the 'miserable' place in Cardiff.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Uber driver, 33, who punched a mother-of-one in the face and called her a 'black c***' when her friend asked for another drop off point on their journey home avoids jail
- Uber driver Shahab Akbar, 33, punched a mother-of-one in the face twice
- Paramedic Taleka White, 27, said he became enraged outside her home
- Driver became angry when Taleka's friend asked for different drop offs
- Akbar found guilty of racially aggravated common assault but avoided jail
Taleka White, 27 a paramedic, was forced to take time off work after being brutally attacked by her Uber driver last year
An Uber driver who punched a female passenger in the face and called her a 'black c***' when her friend asked for another drop off point has avoided prison.
Taleka White, 27 a paramedic, was forced to take time off work after being brutally attacked by her Uber driver last year.
Shahab Akbar, 33, dragged the mother-of-one from his car and hit her twice in the face after flying into a rage outside her parents' house in Addiscombe, south London.
A court heard the driver became angry after confusion arose when Miss White's friend asked for different drop off points.
Miss White, who had never used an Uber before, was left with a lump on her head, bruising to her face and a bloody wrist and knuckles.
Speaking shortly after the incident on November 29 last year, Miss White, who has a four-year-old son said: 'Just one night out has led to a whirlwind of events which he has no concept of.
'It happened in the early hours of the morning - about 3am. My friend and I had been to a bar in East Croyden and we wanted to get home.
'I'd never used Uber before so she called for one on her phone.
'She wasn't sure how to use the app to say that we wanted to be dropped off at different addresses - but we thought we'd explain it to the driver when he arrived.
'When we ordered it - my friend couldn't see the registration number - but she thought nothing of it and assumed there was a problem with the system - just his face and the route on the map came up.
'She got a call from the driver to say he'd arrived and we got in the cab and explained we wanted to go to different addresses.
'Initially he had no problem with it, but after, as he was driving to the address he became quite agitated.
'There was a misunderstanding about where the address was and then we got near and she said he could pull up there and he started yelling: 'Get out of my fucking cab'.
The next morning Miss White went to A&E to get x-rays on her hand and Uber suspended the driver after she reported the attack
Akbar continued to drive and Miss White tried to reassure him that her stop was less than 20 minutes away and that he would be paid.
But Akbar's language became increasingly aggressive.
Miss White said: 'He called me a black c*** and a black 'b****' and told me to shut my 'f****** face' and said 'she gave me the wrong address'.
'I just went quiet and I thought maybe staying silent would diffuse the situation.
'I was in the cab alone with him and my battery on my phone had gone at the end of a long day. I wasn't sure what he was going to do.
He continued to drive in the right direction so I just stayed quiet.
But when the pair reached Miss White's stop, Akbar's behaviour escalated to full-on assault.
Miss White said: 'I was being dropped off at my parents' and when we arrived I had a can of coke in one hand and a kebab in the other.
But when we arrived he dragged out of the car by my right arm and punched me in the face.
'My drink went everywhere but I used the car to hold myself up. I was yelling, asking him what his problem was, why he was doing it to me, hoping my parents would hear from inside.
'The second time he punched me, I went flying and hit the pavement.
'My mum came out just to see the car driving away and found my lying on the pavement.'
Miss White's mum told her daughter to take pictures of her injuries an call 999.
The next morning Miss White went to A&E to get x-rays on her hand and Uber suspended the driver after she reported the attack.
The case went to trial and Akbar was found guilty of racially aggravated common assault in September.
Akbar was handed a 16 week prison sentence suspended for 24 months, at Croydon Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
He was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work as a community on top of £620 in costs and £115 in victim surcharge.
Akbar was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation to Miss White.
Uber confirmed Akbar no longer has a private hire license which is needed to work for the firm.
An Uber spokesperson said: 'We were appalled by this horrific incident. Uber does not tolerate violence or discrimination of any kind.
'We assisted the police with their investigation and immediately stopped this licensed driver from being able to use our app.'
Boney M singer's Muslim convert brother is jailed for life for hiring a hitman to kill Syrian preacher in a row over a controversial London mosque
- Syrian preacher was found dead in north London in April last year
- Detectives believe the killing was due to a row over a London mosque
- Muslim convert who is the brother and 1970s popstar has been jailed
- He hired an Iraq war veteran to carry out the 'cold-blooded' murder
A Syrian-born preacher was shot dead by a former soldier in a contract killing ordered by the brother of a Boney M singer.
Iraqi war veteran Leslie Cooper, 37, executed Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, with a MAC-10 machine gun as he sat in his Volkswagen Passat in Wembley, northwest London.
The hit was ordered by mosque 'ruler' Khalid Rashad, 62, the brother of singer Liz Mitchell, who fronted the 1970s chart-topping disco band.
Rashad had been locked in a legal battle with Mr Arwani as he tried to oust him from the An-Noor Cultural and Community Centre in Church Road, Acton.
Cooper and Rashad - both Jamaican-born Muslim converts - were jailed for at least 32 years each for the murder earlier this year after a trial.
The case could not be reported while Rashad awaited trial for possessing plastic explosives and ammunition in the garage of his suburban home near Wembley Stadium.
Rashad converted to Islam in 1993 and changed his name from Brunel Mitchel.
Mr Arwani discovered his belongings had been removed from the building and the locks to his office had been changed in 2011.
He left the centre and in June 2012 began legal proceedings seeking an order of the court to reinstate him as a member and director of ANT.
It was the dispute between Mr Rashad and Mr Arwani regarding the control and ownership of the mosque that provided the motive for the shooting, and was the reason Khalid Rashad recruited his friend, Leslie Cooper, to carry out his dirty work,' said prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC.
Mr Arwani was found, slumped in the driver's seat of his VW Passat in a street in Wembley, North London with the engine still running and a bullet wound in his chest in April last year.
There was speculation that the preacher could have been murdered by a Syrian hitman when it emerged that he had been a vocal opponent of the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
But police identified the killer as Cooper, a former soldier from Harlesden, North West London, who was born in Jamaica and had served with the Princess of Wales Regiment in Iraq.
Detectives were able to track down Cooper because he had topped up an unregistered phone in a shop in Harlesden High Street and then walked to a nearby shop to top up a British Gas card, which had his name on.
When officers searched his house, DC Matthew Rogers found a Mac-10 sub-machinegun, with its magazine and the silencer still attached, in a Marks and Spencer bag in a wicker picnic basket in the bedroom wardrobe.
'On any reading, this was a serous bit of kit,' Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting told Kingston Crown Court.
Leslie Cooper was also handed a life term
It emerged that Cooper had been hired by Rashad who had been involved in running the An Noor Cultural Centre in Acton, West London, for 20 years.
The mosque has been investigated by MI5 after a series of incidents including a male terrorist suspect escaping from the premises dressed in a burqa and another who was killed in Syria.
The mosque had also hosted a number of controversial speakers, including one of the sons of radical imam Abu Hamza.
The case can finally be reported at the end of a second trial in which Rashad was convicted of possessing military-grade plastic explosives and rounds of ammunition at his home, yards from Wembley Stadium.
Although there was no evidence that Rashad was involved in terrorism, detectives say they are concerned that the machinegun or explosives could easily have fallen into the wrong hands.
Investigators believe the fight was not just about control of the mosque and that money also played a part because the premises had quadrupled in value in a decade in the London property boom and were said to be worth £3-£4million.
Sentencing Rashad and Cooper to life in jail with a minimum of 32 years, Mr Justice Singh said the murder had been planned over a 'significant period of time.'
'On any view this was a shocking killing of a man in cold blood on the streets of London during the daytime,' he added.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Arwani's family said: 'Abdul Hadi Arwani was a loving husband, father and friend to the community.
'He was motivated by the desire to help others, no matter their race, religion or status. He was an inspiration to all and without a doubt one of the kindest people you could ever hope to know.
'When we were told of Abdul's death last year, we were absolutely devastated and time has done nothing to reduce the sheer pain of losing him in such a brutal and calculated way.
'To this day, we cannot comprehend why anyone would wish harm to such a peaceful, well-loved person.
'While Abdul is no longer with us, we will never forget his smile, his positive outlook or the fantastic things that he did for us and the community.
He will remain in our hearts, inspiring us to embrace others in the way that he did so wonderfully.'