Friday, January 05, 2007

British Muslim found guilty of soliciting murder

Cranmer is relieved to hear that the young Muslim photographed and filmed in London during the protests against cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of soliciting murder. He was also convicted of using words likely to stir up racial hatred.

Umran Javed had chanted ‘Bomb, bomb Denmark, bomb, bomb USA’, but insisted in court that this was ‘just a slogan’, and he ‘didn’t mean it’.

The verdict comes as a relief, if only because it reinforces the principle of equality under the law. It has been the recent perception of many that there is one law for Christians, and another for the minority faiths. If Muslims were permitted to incite murder because Jihad demands it, and then to assert that Jihad is above the laws of England, we would eventually live in a nation with two antithetical codes of law. This is not the path we should pursue, and no appeal to postmodern relativism or pluralism should be permitted to subjugate the nation’s foundational Judeo-Christian laws and culture to those of foreign gods.


Anonymous Old Gobbo said...

Of course, there were rather more protesters than just Umran Javed. How many others have gone on trial?

There still is one law for Muslims, one law for the rest. A Muslim has to actually call for murder and terrorism before the police will even consider acting. By contrast, even criticising Islam can get anyone else arrested. There was even a man in Scotland convicted of revving his car in a "racist manner" as two Muslims walked past.

Thinking that a single fortuitous event actually means anything is, sadly, just wrong. We are not just pursuing the path of cultural relativism; we're halfway down it and broadening it into a motorway.

5 January 2007 at 17:54  
Blogger istanbultory said...

Very welcome news. Now wait for the cries of "institutional racism" from our friends on the Left.And a long and expensive appeal process funded from Legal Aid....

5 January 2007 at 17:58  
Anonymous Oiznop said...

The Beeb says "Remanding him in custody, Judge Brian Barker said he would not pass sentence until several other trials relating to the protest had concluded - expected to be in April. "

There will be more. I agree with Istanbultory - it's welcome news.

5 January 2007 at 19:01  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Now the sentence can be life, I wonder just what "life" will mean when this sentence is passed - I am betting it will be 10 years to serve 5

5 January 2007 at 20:22  
Anonymous dexey said...

What I don't understand is that he is from Birmingham so how did anybody understand what he was saying? Does the Met have linguistics officers that speak Brum?

6 January 2007 at 00:14  
Blogger istanbultory said...

According to legal experts,Javed will almost certainly be looking at seven years. Apparently, extremist friends of Javed's screamed insults at the judge as he read the verdict yesterday. Could not a way be found to strip this individual of British citizenship so that after serving his sentence, he might be deported to his ancestral homeland? Or, at a minimum, keeping him under some form of preventative detention?

6 January 2007 at 09:28  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Could not a way be found to strip this individual of British citizenship so that after serving his sentence,

IT is impossible to remove Citizenship acquired at birth - and is reinforced in the ECHR - Poland and Germany did this in the 1930s which is why it is in the ECHR

6 January 2007 at 11:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

Welcome news indeed. I see it's been buried by the MSM quickly. Hardly the same treatment for Nick whatshisname of the BNP...

We celebrate the rule of law and are bemused by Javed's "defence" of: it was only a slogan".

It reminds me of the old, "it was only a joke" defence trotted out for sexual harassment etc.

We ain't laughing Javed.

6 January 2007 at 11:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


oh that it were that simple. Even if British citizenship is acquired as a second nationality, it is extremely difficult to strip someone of it once granted- see The Hook etc.

6 January 2007 at 11:59  
Blogger istanbultory said...

Alas, alas.

6 January 2007 at 13:42  
Anonymous Voyager said...

by Javed's "defence" of: it was only a slogan"

So it was only a slogan about a cartoon ?

6 January 2007 at 16:14  

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