3 July 2012
Five Muslim men, Khalid al-Fawwaz, Adel Abdul-Bary, Abu Hamza al-Misri, Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan have reached to the final stage of their legal battle over their extradition to the US wherein they are thought to spend the rest of their lives in solitary confinement in a Supermax prison.
Cage Prisoners have been campaigning for the men as they have lost their case in Britain and European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). If their appeal is turned down by the Grand Chamber of ECtHR they then will be extradited to the US due to US-UK extradition treaty. The case is a very high profile in the UK and the media is waiting the decision impatiently.
Last week, five Muslim men have gone on trial accused of having distributed leaflets calling for gay people to be executed. The Derby Crown Court heard that the group of five had allegedly handed out leaflets demanding the death penalty for homosexuality after Friday prayers at a Derby mosque and put them through people’s letterboxes in the local neighbourhood in July 2010, in the run up to the Gay Pride event. By handing out anti-gay death sentence flyers, the five men are accused of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, which is a breach of the new hate laws that came into force in March 2010. This prosecution is the first of its kind since the legislation came into force. The trial continues. All five men deny the charges; if they are convicted, however, they face a maximum sentence of seven years in jail and/ or an unlimited fine.
Five Muslim soldiers detained since December were released when the investigation showed there had been no plot to poison food at the Army base in Columbia, SC. The five soldiers were serving within the transactor training program. Four of them have been now discharged from Army due to petty crimes. The investigation started following allegation of verbal threats regarding the base’s supply of food. According to the investigation results, no credible information was found to support that there has been any plot.
Five Muslim community workers have accused MI5 of waging a campaign of blackmail and harassment in an attempt to recruit them as informants. The men claim they were given a choice of working for the Security Service or face detention and harassment in the UK and overseas. None of the six men, who work with disadvantaged youths at the Kentish Town Community Organisation (KTCO), has ever been arrested for terrorism or a terrorism-related offence.
They have made official complaints to the police, to the body which oversees the work of the Security Service and to their local MP. Now they have decided to speak publicly about their experiences in the hope that publicity will stop similar tactics being used in the future.
Intelligence gathered by informers is crucial to stopping further terror outrages, but the men’s allegations raise concerns about the coercion of young Muslim men by the Security Service and the damage this does to the gathering of information in the future.
Elections in the Islamic Commission of Spain (CIE) will hold elections concerning the consideration of five Muslim federations to join the CIE. The CIE is the highest organ of communication and representation of Muslims in the Spanish government. Currently, they include only two federations – the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain (UCIDE) and the Spanish Federation of Islamic Organizations (FEERI). However, not all Muslims in Spain feel represented by these two entities, hence the consideration of including five more federations (The Federation of Muslim Spain, Islamic Council of Catalonia, the Islamic Federation of Murcia, the Belearic Federation, and the Higher Islamic Council of the Community of Valencia).