Are the ‘Three Musketeers’ Innocent?
Have the Corrupt West Midlands Police Struck Again – Gareth Peirce, Thinks so-Miscarriages of Justice UK (MOJUK) News Service
Are the ‘Three Musketeers’, innocent, Gareth Peirce, is adamant they are. In a stinging attack on the antics of the West Midlands Police involved in their arrests Ms Peirce drew no punches!
Three would-be jihadists who dubbed themselves the Three Musketeers have been jailed for life for plotting an attack on a police or military target. Naweed Ali, 29, Khobaib Hussain, 25, both of Sparkhill, Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, of Stoke-on-Trent, had planned a “mass casualty attack”. Tahir Aziz, 38, also from Stoke, was given a life term for the same crime. Old Bailey judge Mr Justice Globe said the men were gripped by a “long-standing, radical, violent ideology”. When police arrested the four men in August last year they found weapons including a meat cleaver and a partially constructed pipe bomb. As they were led from the dock, Rahman shouted out: “I hope you’re happy with your lies. Lying scumbags.”
Part of the trial was held in secret after the judge accepted a submission from the Home Secretary regarding a potential risk to national security arising from the disclosure of secret service operations. Rajiv Menon, a lawyer defending Ali and Rahman, called the restriction “laughable”, adding: “It is not a state secret, with respect, that the security services are interested in recruiting Muslim informants.” Ben Silverstone spoke up for the principle of open justice on behalf of a group of national media organisations, saying it was a matter of “pressing public interest” to confirm whether the defendants had been approached by MI5. The Home Office declined to comment on the case and said it does not discuss intelligence operations.
During the four-and-a-half-month trial, the defence claimed incriminating evidence had been planted by an undercover officer, known as “Vincent”, who posed as the boss of the fake courier firm. In a statement issued after sentencing, a solicitor representing Ali and Hussain raised questions about whether officers had kept their police notebooks up to date, saying she was concerned the jury had “got it wrong.”
Gareth Peirce said there was a “clear distortion of the normal criminal justice process” in the case, which was partly held in secret and saw some officers give evidence anonymously. “Recent history is quickly forgotten, yet the present case carries disturbing echoes for us of the case of the six innocent Irishmen, also from Birmingham, wrongly convicted of the bombing of two Birmingham pubs in 1974.”
64 Victims of West Midlands Serious Crime Squad who had their Convictions Quashed
The West Midlands Serious Crime Squad was a police unit in the West Midlands which operated from 1974 to 1989. It was disbanded after an investigation into allegations against some of its officers of incompetence and abuses of power. Although numerous officers were found to have fitted up many of those they had arrested, not one of them ever spent a minute in prison. 64 known Miscarriages of Justice were later overturned on appeal, including the cases of the Birmingham Six, Bridgewater Four.
Kingsley Burrell: Three West Midland’s Police Officers Charged Following Custody Death
Three police officers have been charged with perjury following the death of a student in custody five years ago. Kingsley Burrell, 29, died from cardiac arrest after being arrested following a disturbance in Birmingham in 2011. An inquest in 2015 found restraint had been a factor in his death. The officers have also been charged with perverting the course of justice. Constables Paul Adey, 36, Mark Fannon, 45, and Paul Greenfield, 50, have been suspended by West Midlands Police. They face trial in Birmingham Crown Court in September of this year.
In 2016, 25 officers were dismissed by West Midlands Police for gross misconduct, plus another three who resigned before gross misconduct hearings could take place. The most common gross misconduct offences, were giving false evidence, data misuse, failing to perform duty, striking up relationships with vulnerable people encountered in line of duty, and fraud.