Munir Farooqi is a muslim who ran a “dawah” (Call to Islam) stall in a Manchester market. Two police officers intent on entrapment pretended to convert to Islam through his stall, and then continually visited him and instigated conversations and discussions regarding controversial political issues. Due to clever manipulation of the facts (falsification of evidence) by the prosecutor together with questionable testimony by the authorities, whose previous undercover activities in other police services have included lying on the stand, perjury, by testifying officers, during previous trials involving environmental activists. The unjust and illegal conduct by the officers and prosecutor led to this popular family man as well as two others (Mathew Newton and Israr Malik) being convicted of various spurious charges, clearly drummed up to justify the high cost of a wild goose chase in these times of financial austerity.
Munir Farooqi is now serving life in prison purely because of his alleged beliefs. Tony Porter, head of the so-called “counter terrorism unit”, described the following:
“This was an extremely challenging case, both to investigate and successfully prosecute at court, because we did not recover any blueprint, attack plan or endgame for these men. However, what we were able to prove was their ideology.”
And thus the first conviction for what people think (“thought crimes”), rather than what they do, was secured and begins a frightening trend of persecution for “thought crimes” in this increasingly Orwellian legislation and governance. Politicians throughout the land, from MP surgeries to Question Time to Parliamentary Reports, utter the now tired mantra “its not a war on Islam”, however the fact that three people were convicted purely because of their ideology, and not for any action, is surely an indication that the times are changing. Muslims are being targeted for their beliefs, to an extent where the police are now willing to finance an operation in which they pretend to accept Islam, only in the sole attempt to elicit incendiary information, in a climate of hate and fear, with the intent of manufacturing a “crime” which is based soley upon ones religoious or polictical belifes and not actual criminal acts or activity. The criminalisation of ones beliefs or opinions is not only a mockery of the genuine beliefs (in this case Islam) held by billions around the world, but also the nominal conventions of freedom of belief, expression and dissenting opinion upheld by democratic society. Read the rest of this entry »