A Muslim imam has discovered a Sharia law book advocating jihad and hostage taking in Melbourne international airport's Islamic prayer room. Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi, a Shia imam who campaigns against Islamic extremism, saw the Arabic language book shortly before boarding a flight. The Adelaide-based Shia religious leader and author made a video of himself flicking through the index, which featured references to jihad, 'taking hostages at war' and taxing 'infidel' non-Muslims. A Muslim imam has discovered a Sharia law book (pictured) advocating jihad and hostage taking in Melbourne international airport's Islamic prayer room Shortly before boarding his flight, he told Daily Mail Australia a fundamentalist Sunni Islamic law book had the potential to 'certainly radicalise someone'. 'It can turn a regular traveller or a frustrated, vulnerable traveller into an extremist,' he said, shortly after midday on Thursday. 'It goes against national security.' Sheikh Tawhidi said that while the … [Read more...] about ‘It could certainly radicalise someone’: Muslim imam discovers Sharia law book preaching jihad and hostage taking in Melbourne airport Islamic prayer room
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The decision that Junior Bayode will not face a retrial for a schoolboy's murder at London's Victoria Station marks the end of a case which saw an unprecedented use of a law called joint enterprise.Some 20 teenagers originally faced murder charges following the 2010 murder of Sofyen Belamouadden under a law increasingly being used to tackle gang violence.After four trials lasting 21 months, three have been convicted of murder, five of manslaughter, including Bayode, 12 of lesser charges and three cleared.The case is the latest example of how the law of joint enterprise can be deployed to successfully prosecute crimes involving large numbers of people.But some campaigners argue the law is a "lazy" option for prosecutors and can lead to miscarriages of justice.The centuries-old law allows a whole group of people to be prosecuted for the differing roles they played in a murder. There is a version of the law in Scotland, although it is applied slightly differently. Historically, joint … [Read more...] about Is joint enterprise a ‘lazy law’?
A law which allows several people to be prosecuted for murder even though they may have played different roles needs to be reviewed urgently, MPs have said. The Justice Committee highlighted the use of the historic joint enterprise doctrine in recent cases involving gangs in England and Wales.It suggests people who play a secondary role and do not encourage an attack should be charged with lesser offences.The government says it will look at the MPs' report and respond in due course.While the law of joint enterprise can apply to all offences, the MPs express concern over the way it has been used in murder trials against "minor players".The doctrine is controversial and legal campaigners believe it allows individuals who may have had little involvement in the crime to be prosecuted for murder, an offence which carries a mandatory life sentence.To get a conviction, prosecutors need only prove that a gang member could have foreseen that another person might inflict serious harm. Successful … [Read more...] about Joint enterprise law review urged by Justice Committee
A new, less complex law on gang-related killings is needed to ensure justice for victims and defendants, MPs say.The Commons Justice Select Committee said clearer law on "joint enterprise" in England and Wales would cut appeals. Under joint enterprise, groups or gangs can be charged with murder even if just one person delivered the fatal blow.Ahead of any legislation, the director of public prosecutions has agreed to issue guidelines on the level of involvement needed for a murder charge.The MPs' committee said the law surrounding gang murder cases was now so complicated that juries "may find it impossible to understand how to reach the right verdict".Its report said a new law was needed to ensure justice and end the high number of appeals against convictions.In the meantime prosecutors should urgently be given new guidance in joint enterprise cases, particularly those involving gang-related killings, the MPs said, to help clarify the situation before a new law can be brought in.'Own … [Read more...] about MPs call for new gang murder law
When the men in black walked into her restaurant one Friday morning and sat at the round table in the corner, Brittany Porter knew exactly what they were. Pale, skittish, aggressively tattooed, they wore black T-shirts with a cryptic white logo over their hearts. One had a razor inked along his left jaw and two SS lightning bolts dripping next to his eye like a double set of tears. One wore a handgun on his hip. Porter went to the table, smiled and asked what they wanted. It was just after 8am. Two of the neo-Nazis ordered chicken nuggets. On Facebook the night before, Porter read about the group of racists who were coming to eastern Kentucky to hold a rally. They had chosen an economically struggling stretch of coal country with a population that was 98% white and that had voted 80% for Trump. In their propaganda videos, the neo-Nazi leaders had talked about the scourge of drug addiction in Pike County. At 30, Porter knew Pike County’s problems. She herself was a recovered … [Read more...] about Is there a neo-Nazi storm brewing in Trump country?