Month: July 2014

East Belfast racist attacks: Three men released

Racist graffiti appeared on gable walls in east Belfast on Monday night
Police said they believe the attacks were linked and are treating them as racially-motivated hate crimes

Three men who were questioned over a series of racist attacks in east Belfast have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Two homes were attacked in Bloomfield Avenue and Chobham Street on Monday night and two cars were damaged in Rosebery Street and Ravenscroft Street.

Racist graffiti also was daubed on gable walls in nearby streets.

Two men, aged 22, and another man, aged 20, were arrested and questioned about the incidents on Wednesday evening.

Officers have said they believe the attacks were orchestrated and are treating them all as racially-motivated hate crimes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-28579425

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Doctor denies carrying out FGM at London hospital

Whittington Hospital
The accused allegedly carried out the procedure at the Whittington Hospital in London

Two men facing the UK’s first prosecution over female genital mutilation have denied any wrongdoing.

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, is accused of carrying out the procedure on a woman in November 2012 after she gave birth.

Dr Dharmasena, 32, from the Whittington Hospital in north London and the second man, who can not be named, denied committing an offence under the Female Genital Mutilation Act.

The men are due to go on trial on 13 January at Southwark Crown Court.

At the hearing at the Old Bailey, the second man also denied aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the doctor to commit the offence, and he pleaded not guilty to encouraging the commission of an offence.

Dr Dharmasena is accused of committing the alleged offence while working at the Whittington Hospital.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28589010

Woman denies trying to hide Syria rebel cash in underwear

Nawal Msaad was found with €20,000 when she was stopped at Heathrow
Nawal Msaad arrives at the Old Bailey in London, 8 July 2014.

Nawal Msaad arrives at the Old Bailey in London, 8 July 2014. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

A woman who allegedly tried to smuggle €20,000 in her underwear to Syrian rebels hid the cash there because she wanted to keep it somewhere safe, the Old Bailey heard on Thursday.

Nawal Msaad, 27, was caught with the large denomination notes rolled up and hidden in a condom as she prepared to board a British Airways flight in January to Istanbul from Heathrow.

She was said to be acting as a courier for her friend, Amal el-Wahabi, who was allegedly trying to send money to her partner, Aine Davis, who was fighting with anti-government forces in Syria.

The cash, equivalent to £16,000, was dropped, wrapped in clingfilm, by an anonymous courier through the letterbox at Wahabi’s rented house in north-west London, from where Msaad picked it up.

Describing waking the next morning,Msaad, a university student from Barnsbury, north London, told the Old Bailey: “I took the money out and once I was dressed I wanted to make sure I kept the money on me somewhere safe.” She described rummaging around in a drawer for a rubber band to secure the money in clingfilm.

“I was looking for a rubber band and I thought [the condom] might work and it did. I thought it was a really good way of sealing the money. It was secure – there was no way the condom could have come off.”

Msaad said she put the money under the waistband of black leggings that she was wearing under her jeans. She said she came up with the idea herself and denied that she was smuggling the cash out of the country.

“Amal did not suggest putting it in a condom, it was me being creative, it was my idea to do that,” she said.

Describing her decision to then hide it in her leggings, she added: “For one second I thought of putting it in there but just for the time being, I didn’t intend to keep it there.”

Msaad said she did not put the money in her bag because “Amal had specifically asked me to make sure I kept the money on me.” She denied that she had put the money in her knickers or that it had been inserted inside her.

After she was stopped and searched by counter-terrorism police she pulled the money out of her leggings and pushed the condom inside herself because she was embarrassed, she said.

Msaad told the court she believed the money was for Davis to put down a deposit on a house in Turkey. Both women deny providing funding for terrorism, and the trial continues.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/31/woman-denies-hiding-syria-rebel-money

Man arrested in west London in Syria terrorism inquiry

New Scotland Yard sign

A 23-year-old man has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of raising money for terrorism in Syria.

The man was arrested in west London by officers from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit. An address in south London was also searched, police said.

He was questioned at a police station in south London and bailed until a date in late September.

The man was arrested on suspicion of arranging funding contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28597301

‘Toilet phone’ teacher Andrew Eades gets life ban

Kingsthorpe College
Andrew Eades’ phone was found in staff toilets that could also be used by pupils at the school

A teacher who set his mobile phone to record in a secondary school’s toilets has been banned from the profession for life.

Andrew Eades, 26, admitted installing his phone in a staff toilet at Kingsthorpe College, Northampton, in January 2013.

A disciplinary panel heard Eades was convicted of three voyeurism offences at Northampton Crown Court in December.

The panel said Eades was “responsible for sexually motivated misconduct”.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) professional conduct panel ordered Eades to be prohibited from teaching in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

Escalation fears

The panel also said he could not apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.

It was concerned his “deliberate” and “repeated” actions could have “escalated” had his behaviour not been discovered.

The panel, which sat in Coventry earlier this month, said Eades’ conduct “could have caused distress to those who were filmed, including colleagues”.

In January 2013 Eades’ phone was found set to record at the back of a staff toilet cubicle, which could also be used by pupils at the school.

The newly qualified teacher, who had worked at the school for five months, was arrested by police the next day.

He was suspended, and dismissed by the school in March.

Eades, who admitted two offences of voyeurism in the school and one in a shop, was given a three-year community order at crown court.

Kingsthorpe College principal Debbie Morrison said: “No video evidence of staff using the toilet was found on Mr Eades’ phone, but the police did confirm that it was set to record.

“Andrew Eades was CRB checked, so the school had no reason to believe he was capable of such gross misconduct.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-28583650

(update) Police chasing burka-wearing terror suspect ‘took 48 hours’ to quiz local taxi firms

On the run: Somali-born jihadist Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed may have been in possession of his passport when he cut off his tag

On the run: Somali-born jihadist Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed may have been in possession of his passport when he cut off his tag

A police blunder saw officers wait 48 hours to quiz cab drivers over the disappearance of terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed –  despite fearing he had used a taxi toescape authorities while dressed in a burka, it has been claimed.

The 27-year-old Somalian, was last seen dressed in a burka leaving the An-Noor Masjid mosque in Acton, West London last Friday.

But it was not until Sunday that Police began questioning some of the many local private car firms in the area.

The suspect, whose alleged offences include unauthorised internet access and illicit meetings, faced 20 charges and had previously spent almost nine months in police custody.

A controller at Churchill Radio Cars in Acton told MailOnline that Police had visited him on Wednesday explaining they were trying to trace the man in the Burka.

Officers had asked him to provide a list of all the jobs they had taken for the Friday afternoon.

And a controller at cab firm West London Cars said officers had visited him on the Sunday and asked for a list of all the jobs done by eight of their drivers who were working on the Friday afternoon.

He told the Daily Mirror: ‘They were very secretive and didn’t say what it was for.’

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the police were unable to comment for ‘operational reasons’.

He said: ‘Extensive inquiries are continuing to trace Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed.’

Yesterday, the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that he had been held for four months at the start of this year, before being bailed in April.

It also said that he had been in custody between October 2011 and February 2012.

A warrant was issued today for Mohamed’s arrest after he failed to attend the Old Bailey for a hearing related to his charges.

The revelation came as it was claimed Mohamed may even have had his passport with him when he escaped the authorities by cutting off his ankle tag.

The details of how easily he got away heaped fresh pressure on the Home Office and police yesterday.

A CCTV image issued by the Metropolitan Police of Mohamed who is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers
A CCTV image issued by the Metropolitan Police of Mohamed who is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers

Wanted: CCTV images issued by the Met Police of Mohamed who is wanted by Scotland Yard terror officers

Theresa May was forced to admit inadvertently misleading Parliament when she said on Monday police had seized the fanatic’s travel document. In fact, officers were never able to find one.

The Home Office said Mohamed’s passport had been cancelled – but refused to say if this happened before or after he fled.

Sources revealed how the terror suspect removed the ankle tag, fitted as a condition of his terrorism prevention order (T-Pim), after entering the An-Noor mosque in west London last Friday.

He had arrived at 10am and left at 3.15pm.

The tag sent a ‘tamper-alert’ to its maker, private security firm G4S, which then rang Mohamed to check where he was.

It was only when he did not respond to the call that police and the Home Office were alerted.

But by the time officers arrived he had disappeared.

Admission: Theresa May was forced to admit inadvertently misleading Parliament when she said on Monday police had seized the fanatic's travel document. In fact, officers were never able to find one

Admission: Theresa May was forced to admit inadvertently misleading Parliament when she said on Monday police had seized the fanatic’s travel document. In fact, officers were never able to find one

Security officials launched a major manhunt for the jihadist, but fear he may already have fled to Somalia.

On Monday, Mrs May told MPs  that police had Mohamed’s British passport.

But yesterday she said Mohamed was not in possession of his British passport when he returned to the UK after being arrested overseas, so ‘there was no passport for the police to seize’.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons  Home Affairs Committee, said: ‘When there are only eight people on T-Pims they [the Home Office] ought to know every detail about them.’

A Whitehall official dismissed suggestions Mohamed had fled using the travel document, saying: ‘As far as we know he didn’t have a passport.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2493191/Fugitive-terror-suspect-escaped-police-dressing-burka-previously-remanded-custody-TWICE-breaching-restrictions.html#ixzz3955MhnZM

A Muslim mother has been told to expect a ‘substantial’ prison sentence after encouraging terrorism in Syria

A Muslim mother has been told to expect a ‘substantial’ prison sentence after encouraging terrorism in Syria over social media.

Runa Khan, 34, admitted posting a message on Facebook in September, saying: ‘Sisters, if you love your sons, husbands and brothers, prove it by sending them to fight for Allah.’

Khan, a mother-of-six, also posted a a picture of a suicide vest on the site, alongside a message which read ‘sacrifice your life to be in Islam’ in July last year.

Runa Khan, 34 (right), a mother-of-six, has been told to expect a 'substantial' jail sentence after pleading guilty to posting messages on Facebook encouraging men to go and fight 'for Allah' in Syria

Runa Khan, 34 (right), a mother-of-six, has been told to expect a ‘substantial’ jail sentence after pleading guilty to posting messages on Facebook encouraging men to go and fight ‘for Allah’ in Syria

On September 13, she sent a series of messages on the social media site describing a path into Syria and the name of a group in the country to join.

Wearing a niqab while standing in the dock of Kingston Crown Court, Khan pleaded guilty to four counts of disseminating terrorist publications between July and September 2013.

Addressing the defendant, Judge Peter Birts QC said: ‘I’m sure you have been advised they are charges of the utmost gravitas that almost inevitably will be met by a substantial custodial sentence.’

Judge Birts allowed Khan to wear a niqab in the dock after her barrister Jo Sidhu QC confirmed her identity.

The court heard Khan, from Luton, sent a series of Facebook messages to an undercover police officer describing a route from Turkey into Syria.

Kingston Crown Court, Surrey, heard that Khan posted the messages between July and September last year along with a picture of a suicide vest. She also posted details of a route into Syria from Turkey

Kingston Crown Court, Surrey, heard that Khan posted the messages between July and September last year along with a picture of a suicide vest. She also posted details of a route into Syria from Turkey

She received details of the route from Mohammed Nahin Ahmed who has admitted spending eight months in Syria fighting alongside an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group, the hearing was told.

Ahmed and childhood friend Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, both 22, from Birmingham, fled to the country last May after contacting Islamic extremists.

They each pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in preparation of terrorism acts at London’s Woolwich Crown Court earlier this month.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2712439/Sisters-love-sons-husbands-brothers-prove-sending-fight-Allah-Muslim-mother-six-facing-jail-encouraging-terrorism-Syria-Facebook-messages.html#ixzz39515C2yx