Monday, July 28, 2014
A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on an 11-year-old British girl.
The 72-year-old man, a Ugandan national, was held at Heathrow airport yesterday morning after arriving in the UK from Kampala, Uganda, with the girl.
Police alerted social services and she was subsequently taken into care.
A 40-year-old woman was later arrested in Hackney in connection with the case.
Both suspects remain in custody at east London police stations today, Scotland Yard said.
The arrests come amid growing pressure for UK authorities to crack down on the practice, which is most prevalent among sub-Saharan and north-east African communities.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Ex-Gitmo detainee and Leftist media darling Moazzam Begg charged with terrorism, attending Islamic State training camp
Thomas Joscelyn noted in the Weekly Standard in 2011: “Moazzam Begg and his organization, Cageprisoners, have proselytized on behalf of al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki and spread jihadist propaganda….Moazzam Begg’s own book confirms he is a jihadist….The Department of Justice’s investigation failed to substantiate Begg’s claims of torture, and found that his damning confession at Gitmo was voluntarily given….A recently leaked assessment of Begg prepared at Gitmo shows that military authorities recommended he remain in American custody….Amnesty International, which has partnered with Begg to demonize Guantanamo, endured a crisis when one of its top officials objected to the relationship.”
In the UK, of course, given its wholesale capitulation to Islamic supremacism, Begg has been heralded and lionized, lauded for his criticism of the Guantanamo “concentration camp.” In his off hours, however, he seems to have been up to even more insidious activities.
“U.K. charges ex-Gitmo detainee with terrorism, attending ISIL training camp,” by Phillip Swarts, The Washington Times, July 19, 2014:
A former detainee in Guantanamo Bay is pleading not guilty to terrorist charges stemming from the civil war in Syria.Moazzam Begg, 45, is the latest former U.S. prisoner who has since been connected to terrorism. He was released in 2005 after appeals were made on his behalf by the United Kingdom.The former detainee, Moazzam Begg, 45, has been charged in the U.K. on several counts related to his actions in Syria, including attending a terrorist training camp, the Belfast Telegraph reported Friday.The situation comes less than a month after another former Gitmo detainee, Lahcen Ikassrien, was arrested in Spain for recruiting jihadist fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.And indeed the head of the ISIL itself, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was held in Iraq at a U.S.-run prison during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Camp Bucca.Estimates differ as to how long he was a prisoner there, but the top end guess seems to be about four years.The camp was closed in 2009. But when the detainees were transferred over to Iraqi control, many were released, including Mr. al-Baghdadi.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Five-strong gang of Asian men who committed string of sex offences against the same teenage girl for six months are jailed for 23 years
- Five Asian men were jailed for a total of 23 years at Stafford Crown Court
- Were found guilty of committing child sex offences after a two-week trial
- The offences were all against the same teenage victim
- Police conducted a lengthy investigation into activity between 2012 and 2013
Umber Farrouq, who was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15. He was sented to five-and-a-half years for each offence to run concurrently
A gang of five Asian men have been jailed for a total of 23 years for committing a string of child sex offences.
Police officers conducted a lengthy investigation concerning activity that took place in Burton-upon-Trent between October 2012 and May 2013 involving the same victim.
The five men, all from the Staffordshire town, were then found guilty after a two-week trial at Stafford Crown Court in May.
Today they were jailed for a total of 23 years at the same court.
Umber Farrouq, 21, who was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15, was sentenced to five-and-a-half-years for each offence to run concurrently.
Anees Hanif was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15 as well as inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.
The 20-year-old was sentenced to five-and-a-half-years for each offence, to run concurrently.
Matab Ali, 21, who was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15, also received five-and-a-half-years for each offence to run concurrently.
Junaid Ali, 20, was jailed for five-and-a-half-years after he was found guilty of the attempt rape of a girl aged 13 to 15.
Ameer Arshad, 19, was found guilty of blackmail and jailed for 12 months.
Farrouq, Hanif, and both Alis have also all been put onto the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.
The five men were arrested by Staffordshire Police between October 2013 and January 2014.
Anees Hanif, left, and Matab Ali, right, who were also given five-and-a-half year jail sentences to run concurrently
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, East Staffordshire local policing team commander, said: 'We welcome the sentences handed out today which reflect the despicable crimes committed by these individuals.
'While today sees the conclusion of the criminal justice process, we recognise that the victim will be affected for the rest of her life.
'We commend her absolute bravery and our role is to work with partners to offer her continued support.
Victims of cases like this need to remain anonymous and we must stress how important it is for her privacy to be protected so she can begin to move on.
Ameer Arshad, left, was found guilty of blackmail and jailed for 12 months. Junaid Ali, right, was jailed for five-and-a-half-years after he was found guilty of the attempt rape of a girl aged 13 to 15
'This case has men brought to justice, men who acted in a predatory way and sought out a vulnerable young girl to abuse her.
'Their actions are inexcusable and the fact they show no remorse only highlights the sinister individuals we’re dealing with.
'Victims can be reassured that we take reports of child exploitation extremely seriously and we will always thoroughly investigate them.”
Another 17-year-old male received a conditional youth caution for inciting sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15 and was referred to the police’s youth offending team.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Staff at Muslim primary school 'caught on camera describing how clapping hands is Satanic and that gay people should be stoned to death'
- Teachers at school 'had discussions about whether music is un-Islamic'
- Claims over The Olive School in Blackburn made by Channel 4 Dispatches
- It's alleged staff also talked about how ties could be turned into snakes
- Officials at school's Islam Trust contacted DfE after learning of allegations
Teachers at a Muslim faith primary have allegedly referred to clapping hands as ‘Satanic’ - and had discussions about whether music in school might be un-Islamic.
Footage was obtained for a Channel 4 documentary at The Olive School - a Muslim faith primary for 600 pupils in Blackburn, run by the Tauheedul Islam Faith, Education and Community Trust.
It is also claimed that footage shows staff talking about how ties could be turned into snakes and that gay people should be stoned to death. The Trust has labelled the discussions as ‘staff room gossip’.
Investigation: Footage was obtained for a Channel 4 documentary at The Olive School - a Muslim faith primary for 600 pupils in Blackburn, run by the Tauheedul Islam Faith, Education and Community Trust (pictured)
Channel 4 did not say what footage from the school would be aired. Officials at the Trust contacted the Department for Education after learning of the allegations, reported the Blackburn Citizen.
The Trust invited inspectors to visit the school, and the DfE ordered an emergency ‘no notice’ Ofsted inspection last week. The Trust later insisted that this inspection went ‘very well’.
The Trust also confirmed that Dispatches had filmed undercover at the school and promised to act if anything on the film ‘is shown to undermine our progressive vision, ethos and approach’.
A Tauheedul governor said: ‘The Trust’s schools provide a first class education for young people in modern-day Britain… We need to look at what these schools have achieved for their pupils.’
Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: ‘I reserve final judgment until I see the programme. From what I know the allegations are groundless.’
He told the Blackburn Citizen: ‘I am sure Channel Four has recordings of what has been said. This appears to be what individuals have expressed in the course of conversations in the staffroom.’
Meanwhile, a Muslim father has revealed he warned the Prime Minister’s office of worrying Islamist practices at one of the scandal-hit ‘Trojan Horse’ schools – but got no reply.
Mohammed Zabar's daughter attends Oldknow Academy in Birmingham, one of the schools investigated in the Trojan Horse plot
The Mail on Sunday has learned that David Cameron’s office received an email in February from Mohammed Zabar, whose ten-year-old daughter attends Oldknow Academy.
Oldknow is one of the schools investigated in connection with an alleged fundamentalist plot to take over Birmingham schools.
Mr Zabar warned the Government that he believed the school over-emphasised Islamic teaching at the expense of other faiths.
He said the school closed for a Muslim festival but had no Christmas celebrations.
Downing Street did not respond to Mr Zabar’s email. Instead he was advised by the Education Funding Agency to ‘contact Oldknow Academy directly and make a complaint’.
Mr Zabar had already met the school principal, whom he says did not deal with his concerns.
News of the Trojan Horse plot broke in March and Mr Cameron spoke about it for the first time in April after claims that non-Muslim members of staff were being isolated, male and female pupils were segregated and assemblies were used to promote the teachings of Al Qaeda.
The Prime Minister promised to take ‘swift action’ to ensure schools could not be used to spread the ideology of terrorists, and an investigation into schools in Birmingham started.
One report later uncovered allegations that pupils as young as six at Oldknow were taught to treat Western women as ‘white prostitutes’.
And there were claims that extremists pushed out the head teacher because she opposed the ‘Islamisation’ of the school. Mr Zabar believes the Government should have acted on his guidance much earlier.
He said: ‘I was angry and frustrated that my concerns had been so easily dismissed.
‘When the Trojan Horse scandal broke I wrote to them again saying perhaps they might want to reassess my information in light of recent evidence. I never had a reply to that one. It was distressing and disappointing to have my concerns ignored.’
Peter Clarke, former national head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, was appointed in April to investigate the Trojan Horse plot to hijack the schools by Islamic extremists.
His report is due to be handed in to the Government imminently. Last night shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt accused Mr Cameron of ‘shocking complacency’.
He said: ‘The Government was warned about the problems in Birmingham’s schools as long ago as 2010. Now it is revealed that warnings by parents were being fobbed off by No 10.’