Not Saussure

August 30, 2006


Filed under: civil liberties, Politics, UK, Uncategorized — notsaussure @ 2:36 am

Looks like I spoke too soon about Mr Mohammad, the chap cleared of making a souvenier video that might be useful to terrorists. There was me thinking that his problems would be over now that he’d been acquitted by a jury, but I should have remembered that an ex-Communist like Dr Reid isn’t going to let a little bourgeois formality like that get in the way of anything. After all, it’s the good doctor who’s determined to deport the luckless Mr Y, who was cleared of his part in the ricin plot that didn’t happen, to Algeria, where he faces a death penalty passed in absentia (but which the Algerians have promised not to implement, which is nice of them).

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Iraqi cleared of making terror targets video may face control order

An Iraqi asylum seeker who was cleared yesterday of making a video identifying potential terrorist targets in London faces being issued with a government control order, the Guardian has learned.Rauf Abdullah Mohammad, 26, sunk his head into his hands as he was found not guilty at Woolwich crown court of four terrorism charges related to making the tape. The crown had alleged the video was a film of “high-profile targets” made to help Islamist terrorists plot and commit an attack on the capital.

But the jury, with their not guilty verdicts, appeared to accept Mr Mohammad’s case that the hour-long film was a souvenir of his time in London.

However, the implacable Dr Reid isn’t going to accept it. Having failed to deport the chap, and now having failed to convict him of anything, he’s cranking up for a control order:

It emerged during the trial that the Home Office had attempted to deport Mr Mohammad, who first applied for asylum in the UK in 2000 after fleeing Saddam Hussein’s regime. The government sought his deportation, claiming he had returned to Iraq following Saddam’s fall to support the insurgency in his homeland. When he later came back to the UK, it claimed he was meeting like-minded insurgents in Britain, all allegations denied by Mr Mohammad. With his acquittal yesterday, the Home Office cannot order his deportation on the basis of a criminal conviction, but it appears the government may continue to maintain a close watch over Mr Mohammad. Sources told the Guardian that contingency plans were in place and an assessment would be made to see if a control order was necessary following his acquittal.

The use of control orders, which were introduced in 2005 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, has proved hugely controversial. The orders, involving curfews which can amount to virtual house arrest, can last indefinitely and the subject does not have to be accused of any specific crime or be told why he or she is under suspicion.

One can only hope that, should this threat materialise, Mr Mohammad will appeal against the order; the last time control orders came before the Court of Appeal the case was heard by The Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls and the President of the Queens Bench Division sitting together (that is, about as senior as you can get), and they savaged them.


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  1. I am just amazed at how well you write! Keep-on going you are just so good… mary

    Comment by Blogs, news and more! — January 12, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

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