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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I February 2009
Fears over stop
search powers
Metropolitan Police officers are 44, gives the police powers in protests, people were stopped and
stopping and searching too many specific areas to stop and search searched under Section 44 when
innocent people using powers people without the reasonable need neither could be said to be likely to
designed for fighting terrorism, it is to suspect them of being involved in involve terrorist activity,” he said.
claimed. terrorism. However, the police insisted
There were more than 157,000 Currently it covers the whole of that the powers were being used
stop and searches in the 12 months London and guidance to officers is appropriately.
to September 2008 - but from these that it should be used sparingly. “The feedback, the very limited
only 1,200 people were arrested, Met In 2004, a report from the complaints and the public reaction
figures showed. Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) to the way we go about using this
Barrister Sebastian Gardiner said said the power “trampled on the power shows that we’re not misusing
the force should curb its use of the basic human rights of too many it overall or in specific cases,” said
power. Londoners”. Commander Simon Bray.
But the force said that it was But barrister Sebastian Gardiner, “We recognise the sensitivities
properly using stop and searches said little has changed. but remember it is a really important
while recognising the sensitivities “If you look at the occasions when method of deterring and preventing
involved. it’s been used, for example the arms terrorism.”
The Anti-Terrorism Act, or Section fair protests and the Heathrow runway
Muslim worker accepts libel
damages over BBC claim
A leading Muslim community worker High Court that the programme School as the then chairman of
in Leeds has accepted substantial alleged funds from Children in Need, trustees.”
undisclosed libel damages over a which had been paid to a charitable He added that the BBC fully
claim on Newsnight that Children in organisation called Leeds Community accepted Mr Malik’s assurance
Need money was passed to the 7/7 School, was improperly diverted to that no Children in Need money
bombers. a neighbouring bookshop to assist was passed to the bookshop or the
Hanif Malik, who has for many years the production of radical Islamist bombers and was not used to pay for
been involved with the Leeds Initiative propaganda and to give financial any propaganda.
Board, Voluntary Action Leeds, the support to some of the men who were It apologised for causing him
Leeds Initiative Regeneration Board, later responsible for the distress and damage to his reputation,
Leeds Voice and the Hamara Healthy 2005 London bombings. and agreed to pay him a substantial
Living Centre in Beeston, brought He said: “Although the BBC did sum in compensation and his legal
his claim over a report broadcast in not identify Mr Malik by name in its costs. The BBC’s counsel, Kate Wilson,
August last year. report, he may have been identifiable said it apologised for the broadcast of
His solicitor, Louis Charalambous, to some viewers because of his close the allegation and the distress and
told Mr Justice Butterfield at London’s connections with Leeds Community embarrassment suffered.
Minister to report on Muslim
charities’ account closures
Michael Foster, the UK minister for Labour MPs during a parliamentary disrupting UWT’s operations by
international development, will report debate on Palestinian territories. refusing to clear its cheques and
on why Lloyds TSB and Barclays Richard Burden, a Labour MP from urged an investigation; while Jeremy
have closed the bank accounts of Birmingham, warned that the large Corbyn MP questioned why a number
Interpal and the Ummah Welfare Muslim population in Bolton, where of British banks had refused banking
Trust (UWT). UWT is based, were very angry with facilities for Interpal.
Foster was urged to find out why the situation. Foster has promised to reply to the
the banks have forced the closure of Bolton’s MP, Brian Iddon, MPs in writing.
the Islamic charities’ accounts by three complained that Barclays was
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