19 August 2007 Telegraph
Muslim terror suspect allowed to stay in UK
By Ben Leapman, Home Affairs Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:42am BST 19/08/2007
A Muslim terror suspect -living in the UK has publicly praised the insurgents who are battling British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Watch Hani al-Sibai’s anti-west outburst
Hani al-Sibai claimed that Islamic fighters were humiliating Western forces, adding: "In the battlefield, they are the masters."
Al-Sibai has lived in Britain since 1994, after fleeing his homeland of Egypt where he has been convicted by a military court in his absence of plotting terrorist attacks. Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister, once described the failure to remove him from the country as "not good enough".
The 46-year-old radical was refused asylum nine years ago after British security chiefs concluded he was a senior member of the terrorist group Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an allegation he denies. He has, however, been granted temporary permission to live in the UK while officials consider his latest claim for asylum.
While he waits, al-Sibai continues to speak out against the West. In a debate on al-Jazeera television last month, he declared: "There are no real men except for the people of Islam. Look at the people who give reason to hold the head of Islam high.
"In politics they are the masters. In the battlefield they are the masters. They are the ones who rub in the mud the nose of the occupation forces in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Palestine, throughout the world."
He also contrasted Islamic extremists with pro-Western secular leaders in the Middle East, who, he said, "should be placed in public squares so that people can hit them with their shoes and spit on them".
Al-Sibai's outburst on al-Jazeera, delivered in Arabic, was spotted and translated by Memri, a US-based translation institute. An Arabic speaker consulted by this newspaper confirmed the accuracy of the translation.
Challenged about his outburst, al-Sibai insisted he was speaking as a political analyst, rather than glorifying the insurgents. He claimed his words had been "mistranslated and taken out of context".
The comments will reignite concerns over Britain's policy of sheltering extremists. Al-Sibai lives with his wife and five children in a £600,000 four-bedroom housing association home in a fashionable area of Hammersmith, west London.
When he first claimed asylum in the UK in 1994, he told officials he had been tortured in Egypt because he had acted as a lawyer for Islamist groups and was linked to the opposition Muslim Brotherhood.
He was refused asylum on national security grounds, and was jailed in 1998 pending deportation. However, human rights laws make it impossible for suspects to be returned to countries where they might be tortured or killed, and Britain was unable to obtain from Egypt the necessary assurances as to al-Sibai's welfare.
16 August 2007 BBC item
Juror in the clear over MP3 claim
The attorney general has decided not to take action against a Muslim juror who allegedly listened to music during a murder trial.
Ruhela Khanom, in her 20s, was accused of hiding an MP3 player and earphones beneath an Islamic hijab or headscarf.
She was discharged during the trial, at Blackfriars Crown Court, of Alan Wicks, who was later jailed for life for murdering his wife.
The attorney general's office said there was insufficient evidence.
A statement from the office of the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, said she had "considered carefully the papers in this matter, in particular the witness statements, and has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of proving beyond reasonable doubt any alleged contempt of court".
Ms Khanom was discharged by the trial judge, Judge Roger Chapple, after the prosecutor Peter Clarke QC claimed the juror had not been paying attention while the defendant was in the witness box giving key evidence.
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10 August Times on line
July 10, 2007
Muslim juror ‘listened to iPod under hijab’
A woman juror has been arrested after she was allegedly caught listening to an MP3 player hidden beneath her hijab during a murder trial.
The Muslim woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of concealing the device beneath her headscarf so that she could listen to music during the testimony of a man who bludgeoned his disabled wife to death.
Judge Roger Chapple, presiding, said that he thought he could hear “tinny music” in the courtroom at Blackfriars Crown Court in Central London, but dismissed it as a figment of his imagination until another juror sent him a note.
The woman was arrested for contempt of court on the direction of the judge on June 27 and is bailed to appear at the court before Judge Aidan Marron on July 23. The arrest can only be reported now after Alan Wicks, 72, the defendant at the trial, was convicted yesterday.
The juror, who is in her early twenties, was discharged by Judge Chapple and given warning that her behaviour, if proved, would amount to contempt of court. Outside the court she was searched by a police officer and an MP3 player was confiscated.
It is thought to be the first time that a juror has been accused of listening to music during a trial. John Cooper, a criminal barrister, said that people found guilty of contempt received an average of three years in prison. “It follows a long pedigree of contempt cases including jurors falling asleep and, in one case, jurors who used a Ouija board before they found a defendant guilty,” he said. +
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21 August 2007 Times on line
August 11, 2007
Grooming of white girls for sex is exposed as two Asian men jailed
A hidden world in which Asian men “groom” young white girls for sex has been exposed with the jailing yesterday of two men for child-abuse offences.
Zulfqar Hussain, 46, and Qaiser Naveed, 32, from east Lancashire, were each jailed for five years and eight months after
exploiting two girls aged under 16 by plying them with alcohol and drugs before having sex with them.
Both men pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to abduction, sexual activity with a child and the supply of a controlled drug.
Despite being told explicitly by police and social services that both girls were under-age and should be returned to care, the men picked up one girl from a children’s home in Blackburn and then drove on to collect her friend who was living in temporary foster care in North Wales.
Naveed, from Burnley, gave one girl the first of five Ecstasy tablets at a motorway service station before having sex with her on the back seat of the car while the group drove back to Lancashire. The court was told that the two men later took the girls to an address in Blackburn where Hussain, from Blackburn, had sex with the second girl and gave her a total of ten Ecstasy tablets.
Yesterday Judge Andrew Gilbart, QC, jailed the two Asian men under new sex laws designed to protect youngsters from being groomed for sexual activity. Judge Gilbart said: “This is a truly shocking offence. You knew them. They were exploited for sex by the two of you. No other description is possible. They were under-age girls who you knew it was your responsibility to protect and not exploit.”
The trial came amid growing concern at the attitudes of some Asian men towards white girls which campaigners for women claim few people wish to address.+
10 August 2007 Daily Express
90,000 MIGRANTS DON'T USE ENGLISH WHEN THEY TAKE THEIR DRIVING TEST
Friday August 10,2007
IMMIGRANTS should be banned from taking their
driving tests in foreign languages because of the rising number of
accidents involving non-British motorists, an MP demanded last night.
They answered questions in any one of 20 tongues, including Albanian, Gujarati, Polish, Urdu and Kurdish, according to the Driving Standards Agency.
The multi-lingual service is offered despite a Government campaign to encourage immigrants to learn English.
Tory MP David Davies yesterday called for an end to the practice, and is to raise the issue with Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly. “It is disgusting that a basic understanding of English is not required for getting a UK driving licence,” he said.
“Surely there must be serious safety concerns about allowing people on the roads and motorways who cannot read English.
“The toll of fatal and serious accidents is already too high, and this can only make it worse.
“When even Government ministers claim that learning English is essential for community cohesion, why does this not apply to the driving test?” His call follows growing concerns about the increasing number of accidents on Britain’s road involving foreign-speaking drivers.+
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02 August 2007 Daily Mail article
Scouts banned from eating burgers and bangers - because of religious beliefs
Last updated at 16:07pm on 2nd August 2007
Youngsters celebrating the 100th birthday of the scouting movement have been banned from eating burgers and bangers - because they might offend youngsters of other religions.
And the scouts have been banned from having campfires and instead have to sit round a potplant - because of safety fears.
The traditional camping food made way way for vegetarian dishes - a hundred years after Scout founder Lord Baden-Powell took his first group of 20 boys to the great outdoors.
The 1907 boys caught rabbits and cooked them on an open fire on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, Dorset.
But in 2007, as 300 Scouts travelled back to the site where their movement was born, meat was whipped off the menu in favour of vegetarian cuisine because it might offend the different faiths of youngsters from 162 countries if it wasn't Halal or Kosher.
And wood and flint were dropped for safer gas stoves because of the fire risk to plant and wildlife.
Instead Scouts sat around a pot plant.
Clare Haines, spokesman for The Scout Association, said: "It was really to do with religion that we were not able to provide sausages and burgers and all that kind of food.
"We have been very careful though to make sure food is provided to everybody's tastes and beliefs, so no one feels left out. They enjoyed their vegetarian meals, especially vegetable chilli, fresh salads and jacket potatoes."
She said camp fires were banned on the island, owned by the National Trust, because of a devastating woodland blaze 30 years ago.
One adult at the Brownsea Island site revealed: "The boys couldn't sit round a traditional camp fire with sausages on sticks. It seems crazy, but what can you do?
"Instead groups sat around a 3ft bay tree in a plant pot and exchanged stories."
More than 40,000 youngsters from 162 countries at the same time gathered at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex, for a two-week World Jamboree, which draws to a close next week.
Scouts at this jamboree, however, were allowed to tuck into meat as Halal and Kosher meat was on offer.+
21 July 2007
The local authority in Burnley Lancashire apparently allows the English emblem to be considered ‘offensive and racist’.
Binman's St George bandana 'is racist'
By Nigel Bunyan
Last Updated: 12:41am BST 21/07/2007
A black dustman has been banned from wearing a St George's Cross bandana because council officials say it could be regarded as racist.
Matthew Carter, 35, who was born in Barbados, used the headgear to keep his dreadlocks out of the way while he was on his rounds in Burnley, Lancs. He had done so for seven months before his photograph appeared in a local newspaper. A number of local people complained, and his superiors called him.
"I received a verbal warning," Mr Carter said yesterday. "They told me the St George's Cross was not allowed to be seen on any clothing we wear because it could be considered offensive and racist."+
09 July 2007 Times on line article
July 9, 2007
Juror faces jail for listening to MP3 player under hijab
A Muslim juror faces a possible prison sentence after being discovered listening to an MP3 player under her hijab headscarf during a high-profile murder trial.
In what is considered the first case of its kind, the woman was arrested for contempt of court after another member of the jury passed a note revealing the indiscretion to the judge, Roger Chapple.
The judge - who previously suspected that he had heard "tinny music" in the background, but dismissed it as his imagination - called the woman into court on her own, and said: “You are going to be discharged from this jury. You will play no further role.”
A police officer then stepped forward and escorted her from court. Outside the woman - who is in her 20s, but cannot be identified for legal reasons - was searched, the MP3 player was found and confiscated, and she was arrested. Contempt of court carries a maximum sentence of an unlimited fine and indefinite imprisonment.+
26 June 2007 Gates of Vienna
The Big Story That Isn’t
This of course is manna from heaven for the British media. The BBC have led the way, camping outside Mr. Sarwar’s constituency home, interviewing local Pakistanis who feel “threatened and uncomfortable” and conducting an undercover infiltration of the BNP in order to track down the perpetrators behind the violent threats that have forced a standing British MP to go into hiding for the first time in our modern history.
I apologise for detailing the gory details of Kriss Donald’s torture and murder, but its relevance is shown in the following quotes from Mr. Sarwar, printed in the Daily Telegraph:
“Life is not the same since I brought them back… I received threats
to my life, to murder my sons, to murder my grandchildren…I was told
they wanted to punish my family and make a horrible example of my son…
they would do to him what they did to Kriss Donald.”
We are becoming, in political terms, a genuine Third World country, and our BBC-led media, showing a total disregard for impartiality, has veered from mere bias to dangerous censorship, with all the disturbing implications this portends for our democratic future.+
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may 2007 Daily Mail
Will Britain one day be Muslim?
Last updated at 00:05am on 5th May 2007
This week has been another terrible one for those of us who want a society in which all races, religions and cultures mix to their mutual advantage and enrichment.
On Tuesday, five men were sentenced to life in prison for plotting to use a huge fertiliser bomb in what would have been the UK's largest mass murder.
Omar Khyam, Waheed Mahmood, Salahuddin Amin, Anthony Garcia and Jawad Akbar - first and second generation immigrants - responded to the tolerance of the British people by trying to kill as many of them as possible.
Is it absurd to hope that the exposure of their evil after a 13-month trial which cost an estimated £50 million has finally provided the wake-up call that this slumbering country so badly needs
Or will we continue to allow the politically-correct lunatics to stay in charge of what is becoming an asylum?
I'm one of those old-fashioned immigrants to this country who feels passionately grateful, is proudly British (as well as Irish - having been born in Dublin), and believes that immigrants have more duties than rights.
And, further, that one of those is to adjust to British society rather than expecting it to adjust to them.
However, one aspect of contemporary British society which I refuse to adjust to is its weakness in the face of the enemy within.
In my many conversations with like-minded people about the threat that radical Islam poses to the British way of lifen - and, indeed, to European civilisation - we frequently end by despairingly agreeing that the West seems intent on committing political and cultural suicide.
When we look starkly at the demographic statistics, the wimpishness of our Establishment in the face of the threat, the perversions perpetrated by political correctness and our own passivity, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that within a couple of generations, Islam will be in control in Europe.
And before anyone says that there would be nothing wrong if this happened, since the vast majority of Muslims are tolerant people who would not dream of interfering with our way of life, it's necessary to point out that in Muslim countries, it's usually the radicals and extremist mullahs - who regard tolerance as a vice - who make the running.
This occurs too in microcosm in Muslim ghettoes around Europe: we saw the frightening fundamentalist fringe of Islam marching, threatening and perpetrating violence over the publication of cartoons depicting Mohammed in Denmark while the majority of Muslims - who, yes, of course, are tolerant and decent - kept their mouths shut and stayed at home.
Yes, Islam may be a great religion. But in its fundamentalist version, some of its values are antipathetic to ours, and if they triumph in Europe, they will threaten our values such as freedom of thought and speech and the spirit of intellectual inquiry that made European civilisation great and prosperous.
The danger of ending up like those poor, despotic and medieval Islamic states in which millions live miserably is a prospect that Christians, Hindus, moderate Muslims and non-believers should be uniting to prevent. But the truth is that we are doing little to stop it.
Consider first at a few chilling statistics. Europeans are failing to reproduce. Just to keep the population steady, you need 2.1 live births per woman.However, in 2005, the European average was 1.38. In Ireland it was 1.9, France 1.89, Germany 1.35 and Italy 1.23. Britain scored in the middle of this range with 1.6, but that was because - like France - we have a large Muslim population with a high birth rate. Indeed, Muslims are outbreeding non-Muslims throughout Europe.+