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Written by CP Editor Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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On 12 July 2013, the BBC reported on a nail bomb attack against a mosque in Tipton. While the report does mention that this was a “terrorist attack”, there is a worrying aspect to the reporting.


Action alert Mohammad Momin Khawaja

Written by CP Editor Monday, 01 July 2013

Mohammad Momin Khawaja was the first individual charged under anti-terror legislation in Canada. Even though it was proven that Khawaja was not involved in any terrorist plot, he was handed over a 10.5-year sentence. However, the Canadian Court of appeal extended this sentence to a lifetime in prison. This verdict was confirmed by the Supreme Court.

CagePrisoners requests all our supporters to contact the Canadian authorities to review the case. Please read the family’s appeal below.

 

To know more about the case of Mohammad Momin Khawaja

Read CagePrisoners’ interview with Mahboob Khawaja

 

Family’s appeal

Subject:  In Search of Justice for Mohammad Momin Khawaja in Canada, Supreme Court of Canada final verdict of December 14, 2012

In March 2004, when arrested on bogus accusations of “terrorism’, M. Momin Khawaja was 23 years old, recent graduate in computer science, hafiz of al-Qur’an and active community worker. In March 2009, the trial judge sentenced Momin Khawaja to 10.5-years with 5 years to serve for parole eligibility, accused of “terrorism” in Canada and abroad. But there was no tangible evidence except his e-mails to prosecute him in a court of law. When in 2008, he was tried in Canada, he had already spent almost five years in detention but was not credited for this time. The trial Judge acquitted him of terrorism charges related to a London bomb plot accusation due to lack of evidence - this was the focal point of the prosecution. A US informant turned witness Junaid Babur testified in the trial that Momin Khawaja had no involvement in any bomb making nor had knowledge of the London group’s plans.


The original sentence was based on the fact that he donated $859 to a Pakistan-based afghan charity fund of displaced women and children that they claim had link to Al Qaeda. He attended a camp for one day in North West Pakistan, travelled to the UK to meet some youngsters who were later charged with certain crimes.  This was appealed at the provincial court and three judges extended the original 10.5 years into life and a 24 years sentence without hearing any evidence or facts of the case. The same formula is being used by the Supreme Court to authenticate the previous appeal's verdict and gave him consecutively one life sentence and 24 years to start consecutively with 10 years to be served for parole eligibility. There is no surety, he will ever be eligible for parole. The Supreme Court used the official myth of Islamic terrorism, making claim to be sending a strong message to all concerned.

There is no “terrorism” flourishing in Canada except propagated by the few warmongers and the war industries.  Momin Khawaja has not committed any crimes of terrorism, nor harmed anyone anywhere. His e-mails were used to prosecute him essentially based on thought crime. One of the Supreme Court judges hearing the appeal, made it known that there was no crime committed by him (Momin) nor charged to be given the life sentence.  Few others judges had similar questioning of the previous unfair verdict. Yet, all have signed the final verdict.

The case demonstrates built-in prejudice and unfair treatment towards Muslims and the people of Arab origins mostly covered by the term “terrorism.”

We request all concerned citizens to write to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and to the Prime Minister of Canada asking to revisit the case or other legal options to deliver justice. The important points should be:

1. What rational or justifiable criteria is implied to deliver an exceptionally harsh and unfair sentence to Momin Khawaja?  The original sentence of 10.5 years was increased to a life plus 24 years consecutively to be served with 10 years for parole. The final judgment lacked any evidence-based reasoning to substantiate the conclusion except political and religious animosity.

2. Momin Khawaja was acquitted by the trial judge of involvement in the London bomb plot. He has no criminal record and never posed any threat or violence to anybody on this planet.

3. Momin was not considered for double credits of the time served (9 years) as it is applicable to all inmates under the Canadian laws and justice system.

4. There were a wide range of opinions and discussions amongst the judges at the final Supreme Court hearing in June 2012, questioning the previous unfair verdict of the Ontario Appeal Court. But in the end, they all signed the document perpetuated most unfair and unjust conclusion lacking evidence and rational justification.

5. There is no balancing act between the original sentence of 10.5 (ten and a half years sentence with 5 years for parole) and unusually increased harsh sentence to Life with 24 years to be served consecutively – 10 years for parole. This is clearly a travesty of justice.

6. The writer should ask the Chief Justice and the Prime Minister (politely and logically) to review the case and to deliver justice based on the merits of the case. Surely, public concerns will have direct impact. Both addresses are as follows:

Right Honorable Beverley McLachlin, P.C.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada

301 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0J1 Canada

Fax:     1- 613-941-5817

 

Right Honorable Mr. Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada, Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2   Canada

Fax: 1- 613-941-6900

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For exactly 100 days today, Guantanamo detainees have been on hunger strike, protesting against their arbitrary detention, inhumane treatment and desecration of the Qur’an by US guards. It is the longest and widest reaching hunger strike since the camp was opened in 2002. Nearly 130 of the 166 men still detained are taking part in this hunger strike, with many now suffering the brutality of force feeding. 86 of them have been cleared for release several years ago, including Shaker Aamer, the last British resident detained for over 11 years without charge or trial.

As part of a weekend of global action, we kindly request that you dedicate your khutbah to highlight this situation, hence supporting these oppressed Muslims and  justice. In order to assist you, CagePrisoners has prepared a template khutba providing you with all the necessary Islamic and factual references relevant to the topic. 

Since 2010, Theresa May has taken UK citizenship away from 16 people - all ethnic minorities (and some British born) whom she claimed held a second passport. Two of these men were later killed in American drone attacks and others have been kidnapped, held in secret and rendered to America. The British government should be protecting the human rights of all its citizens, not treating these rights as inconveniences they can sign away!  Please sign this petition calling on Keith Vaz and the Home Affairs Select Committee to investigative and end the racist citizenship deprivation laws.

Avaaz.org community petitons: Stop the government from stealing citizenship!

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Mahdi Hashi: How easy is it to lose British citizenship?

 

Employment Advertisement

Written by CP Editor Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Making a difference

Since its launch in October 2003, CagePrisoners has become a leading human rights organisation.  We have carried our many high profile campaigns and produced ground-breaking reports on the lack of due process and the rule of law in the aftermath of the War on Terror.  If you are committed to fighting for justice and the rule of law, then this may the ideal opportunity for you.

We are currently looking to employ an Operations Manager and Communications Officer for the organisation. Applicants should be proactive and have a real desire to make a difference by leading CagePrisoners into new areas of work and develop the organisation.

 

Post Title:                          Operations Manager

Hours:                                37 hours per week              

Location:                           London

Salary:                               £25,000 - £28,000  (dependant on experience)

You can find full details of the role by downloading the job description and person specification.

JOB DESCRIPTION

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

All applications should include the following:

1. Full Curriculum Vitae (this must include two references with email address and telephone numbers).

2. A cover letter explaining your interest in the role.

All applications should be made by Tuesday 30 April 2013 by either post or email:

Address:              27 Old Gloucester Street

                              London

                              WC1N 3XX

Email:                   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For further information, please call Muhammad Rabbani on 0207 377 6700

 

The work of CagePrisoners since 2003 has sought to highlight strategic partnerships between the West and East in the global ‘War on Terror’. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has played a key role in assisting the US by housing detainees and even permitting the rendition of individuals from Saudi soil – cases like that of Sabri ben Kahla[1], are demonstrative of such relationships. 

Through investigation work, CagePrisoners has learned from seven individuals detained in city of the Prophet Muhammad, Madinah, that abuse, torture, arbitrary and incommunicado detention is being practised routinely as part of the national security apparatus.  


 

[1] Sabri ben Kahla was kidnapped in Saudi Arabia while a student at Madinah University, he was rendered to the US where he eventually was acquitted of terrorism charges.

 

FOR BACKGROUND DETAILS, PLEASE SEE OUR FOCUSED CAMPAIGNS

 

Lobby Campaign- (FOR THE FULL LOBBY PACK CLICK HERE)

In order to ensure that such abuses do not continue in Saudi Arabia, it is crucial that the international public lobby the Saudi regime to stop the practice of torture and illtreatment in its prisons. 

We urge you to write to the Saudi authorities, highlighting  the statements provided and placing specific emphasis on the role of torturers such as Yusuf al-Barakaty. The following points should be made: 

1. Torture is illegal under Islamic, Saudi and international law.

2. Arbitrary detention is also illegal under Islamic, Saudi and international law.

3. There is widespread acceptance that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is permitting the practice of arbitrary detention, torture and abuse routinely in its prison system. 

4. Those working in the detention facility in Madinah, such  as Yusuf alBarakaty, are practising torture against detainees in a systematic way. 5. The courts in Saudi Arabia have permitted the use of torture evidence in the prosecution of detainees who have not been provided any form of due process. 

6. The Saudi authorities begin an inquiry into the security prison in Madinah and its practices of arbitrary and incommunicado detention. 

7. The authorities must investigate the role played by officers of the state, such as Yusuf al-Barakaty, who have been abusing detainees. 

8. The authorities should use this information to review their detention practices across the Kingdom. 

CagePrisoners encourages our readers to write to the following authorities to highlight the abuses that have taken place and continue to be carried out in the name of protecting the Kingdom’s national security:


King and Prime Minister

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques

Office of His Majesty the King

Royal Court, Riyadh

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax: +966 1 403 3125 

Salutation: Your Majesty


Minister of the Interior

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

Ministry of the Interior, P.O. Box 2933, Airport Road, Riyadh 11134

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax: +966 1 403 3125 

Salutation: Your Royal Highness


Minister of Justice

His Excellency Shaykh Dr Mohammed bin Abdulkareem Al-Issa

Ministry of Justice

University Street

Riyadh 11137

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax: + 966 1 401 1741/ +966 1 402 0311

Salutation: His Excellency

 

 

 The government recently announced a review of Schedule 7 powers to stop and detain people especially Muslims at UK ports ending on Thursday 6 December 2012. This is the first time that this power has ever been reviewed publically and so opportunity presents itself for communities to air their concerns. CagePrisoners urges you to take action today.


 

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