Sunday, November 10, 2019
Sunday, November 03, 2019
taxpayers' cash is spent by the EU to fund a 'ridiculous' report branding Boris Johnson as a central figure in Islamophobia
- Brussels spent £109,000 on report that claimed Johnson is Islamophobic figure
- Put Prime Minister alongside English Defence League's Tommy Robinson
- European Islamophobia Report 2018 was published by SETA Foundation
British taxpayers’ cash has been used by the European Union to fund a ‘ludicrous’ report branding Boris Johnson as a central figure in Islamophobia.
Brussels gave £109,000 for the study to a think-tank in Turkey, even though the country is outside the EU. The review placed Mr Johnson alongside far-Right leader Tommy Robinson as ‘central figures in Britain’s Islamophobia network’.
European Islamophobia Report 2018 was published by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research, or SETA Foundation, which is linked to Turkish President Erdogan’s Islamist government.
The preface cites Mr Johnson’s suggestion that women who wear the burka look like ‘letterboxes’ or ‘bank robbers’ as one of a number of ‘Islamophobic statements by politicians’ in Europe.
Mr Johnson made the comparison in an article last year defending women’s right to wear the burka, but many Muslims have said they found it offensive.
The SETA report contains papers on anti-Muslim sentiments in 34 European countries. The chapter on the UK was written by Aristotle Kallis, a professor of history at Keele University.
In a sub-section entitled Central Figures In The Islamophobia Network, he said Mr Johnson’s article on the burka promoted and normalised Islamophobia.
Last year Mr Johnson was singled out for a special mention for his burka comments in an ironic ‘award for Islamophobia’ given by the British-based Islamic Human Rights Commission to the Tory party.
Prof Kallis wrote: ‘Johnson’s article on the burka, his puerile refusal to offer a public apology for his comments, and his party’s reluctance to call him out for his expressed views rendered the award defensible.’
The sub-section also mentions English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson as one of the main players.
Prof Kallis wrote: ‘The British far-Right agitator that goes by the nom de guerre Tommy Robinson emerged as the undoubted grandee of the UK’s Islamophobic network in 2018.’
Last night, Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow in Essex, said the study was ‘a perfect example why millions of Britons have voted to leave the European Union’.
He said: ‘Rather than funding this sort of ludicrous research outside the EU, this money could have been spent at home, like on the NHS.
Last night, Prof Kallis said he did not mean to equate Mr Johnson with Robinson, but he was stating that the now PM was ‘normalising’ Islamophobia.
He said: ‘I admit Johnson’s article defended the right of Muslim women to wear the burka, but it has caused offence, and his “letter-box” comments were derogatory.
'These comments were used by Right-wing groups to vindicate themselves.’ He added that the comments were ‘irresponsible’ even if Mr Johnson may have meant them as a joke.
The SETA Foundation could not be contacted for comment.
Friday, November 01, 2019
child abuser sentenced to eight years for his part in sick 'campaign of rape' against vulnerable girls by Asian grooming gang is roaming free in Pakistan
- Over series of cases, 27 men from Huddersfield grooming gang have been jailed
- Latest five were jailed today, but one is on the run in Pakistan, court told
- Court hears shocking details of young girls tricked into sex and discarded
A member of the Huddersfield grooming gang was sentenced to eight years today - but has not been sent to prison because he is on the run in Pakistan.
Umar Zaman, 31, was ordered to serve eight years when he was one of the latest five men jailed over an Asian grooming gang who preyed on girls as young as 12 in the West Yorkshire town.
A judge branded the gang's activities 'vile and wicked' and said they 'defy understanding'. He said one young victim was left bleeding on the ground of a park after her virginity was taken.
But the court heard that Zaman, who was convicted of two counts of rape, will not be beginning his sentence after he absconded and is believed to be in Pakistan.
A total of 27 men have now been convicted following West Yorkshire Police's Operation Tendersea investigation into child sexual exploitation in the town, with prison sentences totalling more than 300 years.
Samuel Fikru, 32, of Huddersfield, was also jailed for eight years today, also for two counts of rape.
Three other men, aged between 32 and 38 but who cannot be named for legal reasons, were given sentences of between seven and 14 years.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told the five men convicted last week: 'The way these girls were treated defies understanding. This abuse was vile and wicked. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did.'
Jailing one 32-year-old defendant, Judge Marson said: 'You took the virginity of a particularly vulnerable 12-year-old and left her bleeding on the floor in the park.'
He said this defendant also subjected another teenage girl to a 'campaign of rape', abusing her on a regular basis in a Huddersfield park, using sleeping pills to subdue her.
Judge Marson told Leeds Crown Court that Operation Tendersea involved 'a large number of men, principally Asian men', who have been charged in relation to 'the grooming and sexual abuse of a large number of children'.
The judge described how vulnerable girls were plied with drugs and alcohol and passed between men in Huddersfield.
He said they thought they were being shown genuine affection but this was an illusion 'deliberately created to enable predatory men to perpetrate gross sexual abuse for their own perverted gratification'.
Judge Marson described how one terrified 12-year-old was targeted by the men who used her phone to locate her despite attempts to move her.
He said: 'One night the house phone rang and a man asked for the girl and said "tell her I want to f*** her".
'After three days the girl was moved to another foster carer in another city and again she was quickly located.
'There were repeated calls from Asian men saying "can you tell her we want to f*** her".
'The girl was absolutely terrified and said that if the carer gave the sim card to the police "they will find me and kill me".'
A sixth defendant, Banaris Hussain, 36, also of Huddersfield, was convicted of one count of rape, and will be sentenced on Monday.
Bangladeshi curry house chef, 46, who murdered his daughters, five and six, and his wife after having sex with her one last time because she refused to help him renew his visa
A Bangladeshi curry house chef facing life in prison can be pictured today, after he was found guilty of brutally murdering his wife and two daughters.
Mohammed Abdul Shakur, 46, killed Juli Begum, 26, along with Anika, five, and Thanha, six, after arguing with his wife about his immigration status on New Year's Day in 2007.
The Bangladeshi illegal immigrant went to his wife's home in East Ham, east London having borrowed £100 from a colleague because Ms Begum had complained about how little money he gave her.
He then had sex with his wife one last time before he smothered her with a pillow and strangled Anika with a white sock and fractured Thanha's skull.
He fled to Bangladesh within a few days and spent years on the run before he was eventually arrested in India in May 2013 before being extradited to the UK in April this year.
Shakur convicted of the three murders on Thursday and is now facing life in prison.
At a sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey today, a prosecutor broke down in tears as she described how the murder of Ms Begum and her two children had affected the victims' distraught family.
Mrs Begum's sister Sheli told in an impact statement read to the court that the family entered a 'dark world' after their deaths and their grandmother was tortured by the sound of them 'calling out.'
She told how the girls would 'talk non-stop' and 'play dress-up' before they were murdered.
As members of the jury burst into tears prosecutor Kerry Broome faltered as she read the statement and a police officer had to take over.
The sister said Juli Begum was 'a loving and caring person.'
'Juli was not just my sister. She was also my best friend. We spoke all the time on the phone. She was a person I used to share everything with and I was the same for her,' she said.
'My nieces were like daughters to me. I feel the pain as much today as if it was yesterday that they died. I feel the loss of the women my nieces never got to become.
'They used to talk non-stop. Anika used to love to play dress-up. Thanha was always reading a book. You would always find her with a book; she was very bright.
'It upsets me so much to think about what they might have witnessed.'
Sheli also described how their mother, Karful Nessa, 'would cry in the middle of the night' and was so depressed after the tragedy that family members would have to sit with her.
Ms Begum said: 'She (Ms Nessa) suffered from depression and it affected her health.
'She used to cry all the time, she told me all the time she couldn't concentrate and couldn't sleep.
'She said she could hear Thanha and Anika crying out to her.
'She wanted to live and see justice but she died three years ago. I believe her death was brought about as a result of the stress from their deaths.'
Ms Begum added: 'For the first five years I was not able to sleep properly. I was not able to eat. I was living in a dark world.
'I came out of this and tried to be more like the person I used to be. The trial has taken me back to the dark place. I feel empty.
I see them in my mind. The only thing I can think of is them, not my husband or my own children.
'It has destroyed my life - I cannot watch the television or see a film without something triggering back to what happened.
'It will be with us for the rest of our lives.'
A juror, one of six to return to court for the sentencing hearing, wiped tears from her eyes as Detective Sergeant Amjad Sharif read the victim impact statement.
The couple had an arranged marriage in Bangladesh when Ms Begum was 19 but Shakur had repeatedly been violent towards his wife and did not like their children much because they were not boys, the court heard.
At the hearing on Thursday, it was heard how, on New Year's Day 2007, Shakur killed Ms Begum and daughters Anika and Thanha Khanum, aged five and six.
Days later, he fled to his home country of Bangladesh to evade justice, the court heard.
While there, he told his sister-in-law: 'Don't tell the police I murdered your sister. If you tell the police I will murder you and your children.'
Ms Begum's other sister raised the alarm and police went to the family home in East Ham, east London, on January 10 2007.
The body of 4ft 8in Ms Begum was discovered beneath a bedcover with Anika laid across her and Thanha nearby at their home in East Ham, east London, on January 10 2007.
Anika had been strangled with a white sock after being 'stunned' by a punch or slap to the face.
Her older sister suffered severe blows to the face that fractured her skull and caused her to bleed out on the carpet within half an hour.
Their mother was believed to have been smothered with a soft pillow or cushion.
Officers found little cash in the house and Ms Begum's wedding jewellery was missing.
Shakur, who had been in debt, was traced on CCTV walking with Ms Begum and his daughters from and to Nelson Street on January 1.
The court heard that Ms Begum kept 22 carat gold necklaces, earrings and bangles worth £15,000 in her bedroom, along with a gold wedding set which has never been traced.
After 12 years on the run, he was extradited from India to face trial for the murders at the Old Bailey.
He denied three counts of murder but was convicted.
Ms Begum's family said in a statement yesterday: 'Abdul Shakur has destroyed our family.
'He took away a caring, loving mother and sister Juli and he has taken away the future of two young beautiful girls, Thanha and Anika.
'We struggle with thoughts of how their lives may have ended and what each of them must have witnessed in their final moments.'
The statement added: 'We miss them every day and we cannot forgive this senseless loss of life.
'Shakur's final act of cowardice was fleeing to Bangladesh. This meant justice took so long to be delivered it was something our mother never got to see.'
Shakur was remanded back into custody after the sentencing was adjourned to a later date today over confusion about how much time he had spent in custody in India.
Friday, October 25, 2019
Jealous brother, 39, who battered his sister's workplace admirer, 24, to death with a hammer in 2001
- Tabraz Mohammed attacked Soheil Mumtaz for making advances towards sister
- The 39-year-old attacked 24-year-old Mumtaz on a Luton street on April 4, 2001
- Mohammed fled country but was eventually extradited back to Britain from US
A jealous brother who killed his sister's workplace admirer in a so-called honour killing and then spent 18 years on the run has today pleaded guilty to murder.
Tabraz Mohammed, 39, lured 24-year-old Soheil Mumtaz to a meeting then repeatedly hit him over the head with a hammer outside his home in Luton on April 4, 2001.
He had learnt Mr Mumtaz had been making advances towards his sister at the biscuit factory where they both worked and believed his 'honour' had been besmirched.
Mohammed then 21, attacked Mr Mumtaz with the hammer, leaving him in a critical condition and fled the country to New Jersey, America where he lived in secret for nearly two decades.
His victim died on April 9, 2001. Mr Mumtaz left behind a pregnant wife and a 14-month-old child.
Mohammed was extradited from the United States on Tuesday, August 6 this year and he appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court the next day charged with murder.
During a brief hearing at the Old Bailey today, Mohammed admitted murder and was told he would be sentenced on Tuesday, December 3.
The shaven headed killer wore a black and grey North Face jumper.
As he was led from the dock, there were angry shouts from the public gallery calling the defendant a 'p***k' and 'son of a b****'.
Mr Mumtaz's family paid tribute today, and said: 'Soheil was a loving husband and father who was cruelly taken from us.
'We have suffered pain and hurt since that time and, whilst we are pleased that he has at last been brought to justice and has pleaded guilty, it does not make up for us continuing to live without a husband, father, brother and uncle. It will never diminish the pain.'
Detective Chief Inspector Justine Jenkins from the BCH Major Crime Unit, who lead the investigation, said: 'This vicious attack was orchestrated on a husband and father in retribution for a perceived slight in remarks made, of which there is no direct evidence, to a member of Mohammed's family.
'These were remarks not heard directly by Mohammed; in fact he didn't know if they were even true.
'There is no honour in murder and his admission in court will hopefully provide some comfort for Mr Mumtaz's family, who have spent almost two decades without any closure.
'Mohammed's cowardly flight out of the country meant he has never been held to account for his actions and only now will he finally face justice.'
British and American authorities collaborated to bring Mohammed back to the United Kingdom after he was detained in Southward State Prison, New Jersey.
Mohammed, formally of Luton, admitted one count of murder and will be sentenced at St Alban's Crown Court on December 3.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Female 'ISIS supporter', 36, appears in court accused of plotting to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a London hotel after 'pledging support for terrorist group'
- Safiyya Amira Shaikh was brought before Westminster Magistrates Court
- She is accused of plotting to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a London hotel
- The 36-year-old is also charged with having pledged allegiance to ISIS
A woman from Middlesex has been charged over an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a London hotel.
Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Hayes, was brought before Westminster Magistrates Court today charged with the preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications.
Prosecutors also claim that, between August 19 and October 10 this year, she prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to ISIS.
It is further alleged that she shared terrorist documents via groups using the Telegram messaging app and other channels.
She was remanded in custody today and her case was transfered to the Old Bailey, where she is next due to appear on November 1.
Shaikh was arrested by counter terror police last week, in a case then described by Scotland Yard said as 'Islamist-related'.
A Met spokesman said today: 'Safiyya Amira Shaikh, of Hayes, Middlesex, has been charged with preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 and dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to section 2 TACT, 2006.'
Police have searched an address in north-west London.
St Paul's Cathedral is one of London's most iconic landmarks and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the previous cathedral on the site was burned down in the Great Fire of London.
Uber driver, 45, faces jail after groping unwell female passenger, 27, as she leant out of his car to be sick
- Temur Shah picked up woman in London's West End to take her home last year
- But she felt ill during the journey and asked him to stop the car, court heard
- Shah sexually touched her while she opened the door and while she was sick
A 'predatory' Uber driver who groped a female passenger as she leant out of his car to be sick faces a possible jail term.
Temur Shah, 45, picked up the woman in London's West End in the early hours of January 15 last year and agreed to take her to her home to the north of the capital.
But the woman felt ill during the journey and asked Shah to stop so she could be sick, Isleworth Crown Court heard.
Shah then sexually assaulted her as he leant over her to open the door, then sexually touched her as she was sick out of the door.
The woman had no mobile battery to call for help and had to wait until she got home to raise the alarm.
Shah, of Harrow, was this week found guilty of sexual assault and will be sentenced next month.
Speaking after his conviction, Detective Superintendent Andy Cox said: 'Shah despicably took advantage of his position as a trusted licensed driver and sexually assaulted a passenger in a vulnerable state.
'His conviction was down to a meticulous investigation which left the jury in no doubt as to his guilt.
'If you ever experience unwanted sexual behaviour, report it to the police. You will always be taken seriously and the incident will be fully investigated.'
Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at TfL, said: 'This attack on a vulnerable passenger was predatory and disgusting, and we are pleased to see that Shah has been convicted.
'I would like to thank the young woman for coming forward and reporting this so TfL and the police could investigate and take action against the driver. We expect the highest standards from TfL licensed taxi and private hire drivers.
'Not only has Shah been convicted but immediate licensing action was taken to prevent him from continuing in his role as a TfL licensed private hire driver.'
Monday, October 14, 2019
CCTV shows Sudanese asylum seeker plotting his route around London before launching a copycat terrorist attack to 'try to kill as many people as possible' after his Visa was turned down
- Salih Khater held a grudge against the government and emailed Jeremy Corbyn
- Addressing him 'Dear leader', claimed he was being followed by British spies
- The student sat at traffic lights before swerving into cyclists and two officers
- Prosecutors claimed terror motive but no evidence he was a radicalised Muslim
- Khater was frustrated that application for a British passport had been delayed
CCTV images show a Sudanese asylum seeker driving around London before he tried to 'kill as many people as possible' when he ploughed into cyclists and police officers outside the Houses of Parliament.
Salih Khater was today jailed for life today for carrying out a copycat terror attack on August 14 last year.
The 30-year-old drove his Ford Fiesta into a pedestrian and riders who had stopped at a red light in Parliament Square.
He then careered into a security lane and crashed into barriers as two police officers jumped out of the way.
Chilling CCTV images released today show Khater driving around London in the silver Ford Fiesta on the morning of his attack.
Khater claimed he came to the capital to find the Sudanese embassy to get a visa but 'got lost' around Westminster and panicked.
The attack was caught on CCTV footage which was played in court. The Old Bailey heard Khater, of Birmingham, wanted to cause maximum carnage and it was 'miraculous' that no-one was killed.
Alison Morgan QC had told jurors Khater's attack was 'premeditated and deliberate' and had a terrorist motive, although the details were unclear.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Engineering student, 26, who joined al Qaeda in Syria and appeared in a documentary about the terror group is jailed for ten years
- Londoner Mohammed Yamin left Hackney to travel to Syria in July 2013
- Yamin spent almost a year with al Qaeda before returning to college in London
- While in Syria, Yamin was interviewed in a documentary about the terror group
- Yamin was today jailed for 10 years and six months for terrorism offences
A student who travelled to Syria and appeared in a YouTube video promoting al Qaida has been jailed for 10 years and six months.
Mohammed Yamin, 26, left home in London and travelled to Syria in 2013 to engage in armed conflict and soon after joined the terrorist group, the Old Bailey heard.
While there, he spoke in a video published on YouTube in which he condemned the British government.
Judge Mark Dennis QC said: 'The video recording demonstrates that as of that date the defendant, then aged 20, had deeply entrenched terrorist views.'
Yamin returned to Britain in 2014, having become 'disillusioned' with al Qaida, and completed his civil engineering degree.
In July, Yamin admitted engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts between July 2 and July 10 2013.
He bought equipment, clothing and a one-way flight ticket as well onward travel to Syria.
Yamin, from east London, also pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to membership of a proscribed organisation - al Qaida - between July 10 2013 and June 1 2014
He denied possessing a gun for terrorist purposes and the charge was left to lie on file.
Mitigating, Hussein Zahir QC told the court Yamin's viability as a 'combatant' was limited by the fact he was deaf in one ear, blind in one eye and asthmatic.
He said the defendant had 'completely rejected' his previous mindset who was 'deeply remorseful for what he has done'.
'This is a defendant who appreciates that he will be confronting a significant period of custody but this is also a defendant with the opportunity to pick up the pieces of his life.'
In a letter to the court, Yamin told how he turned away from Al Qaida as groups turned against each other and 'things got uglier and uglier'.
He was supported by family and friends when he appeared for sentencing at the Old Bailey on Friday.
Judge Dennis QC described Yamin as intelligent and articulate, but misguided.
He said 'It is inevitable a custodial sentence of some length must be imposed notwithstanding the passage of time since the offence and the defendant's changed lifestyle since that time.'
He told the defendant: 'However much you may now regret your actions it was at the end of the day your own decision freely made that led you to offend in the way you did.'
The judge handed Yamin 10 years and six months in custody plus a further year on extended licence.
The court heard the video in which Yamin appeared remained available to view on YouTube.