News from 2005

  • 16 December 2005

    Simultaneous vigils are to be held at Prestwick, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports this Sunday (18 December) in protest at the suspected use of these airports by US aircraft involved in the obscene practice called "extraordinary rendition" - a euphemism for the transport of prisoners to torture centres around the world. Complicity in torture is a crime under international law.

  • 16 December 2005
    A court in London has today (Friday 16 Dec) refused Mustapha Labsi's appeal against extradition to France. Mustapha is from Algeria.
  • 14 December 2005

    The House of Lords debated the Terrorism Bill on Tuesday 13 DecemberThe government is to adjust its plans to create a new offence of "encouragement" of terrorism, Home Office minister Baroness Scotland of Asthal said. But the change is only cosmetic

  • 14 December 2005

    The Immigration Office at Festival Court, Brand Street, Ibrox, Glasgow was blockaded since 5 am at the gates so preventing any immigration snatch squads leaving Brand street to drag Scottish asylum families from their beds.

  • 13 December 2005

    The Witness Against Torture marchers have reached the gates of Guantanamo after a 50-mile march from Santiago, Cuba have reached the gates of Guantanamo after a 50-mile march from Santiago, Cuba.

  • 08 December 2005

    Secret evidence which might have been obtained by torture cannot be used against terror suspects in UK courts, the law lords have ruled.

  • 08 December 2005
    Carolyn Leckie MSP (SSP) has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament against torture flights
  • 01 December 2005

    Rachid Ramda arrived in France today after being extradited from the UK

  • 30 November 2005

    Green MSPs Mark Ballard and Robin Harper ask Lothian and Borders police to investigate rendition flights

  • 18 November 2005

    On Thursday 18 Nov, two High Court judges issued a ruling rejecting Rachid Ramda's attempt to block the extradition. The ruling follows a High Court hearing in October. QC Edward Fitzgerald, had told the court that Rachid would not receive a fairt trial in France. he said that the extradition was "legally flawed" and involved "a real risk of a flagrant denial of justice."

  • 15 November 2005

    The family of Babar Ahmad have received today the news that the Home Secretary has decided to extradite Babar to the United States. Speaking from Woodhill Prison, Babar Ahmad said "This decision should only come as a surprise to those who thought that there was still justice for Muslims in Britain." Babar will be appealing against the decision in the High Court.

  • 09 November 2005
    Finally, Blair's game's up. In a country still grieving from the London bombings, he staked his credibility on a law that he said would protect us, and he lost. It was his first defeat ever.
  • 09 November 2005
    MPs voted against by 322 votes to 291 against the 90-day detention clause of the Terrorism Bill.
  • 09 November 2005
    The July 2005 Solidarity Group, a support group for people arrested at the G8, denounces the police publication of 'Wanted' photos of anti G8 demonstrators. We support all facing charges arising from the G8 demonstrations, and call for all charges to be dropped. More groups, such as Scotland against Criminalising Communities and the Industrial Workers of the World, support this stand.
  • 04 November 2005

    The parliamentary rebellion over the government's Terrorism Bill is a welcome sign that Labour backbenchers may be rediscovering their backbones. But it's a pity that many of the rebels seem willing to settle for concessions that do no more than pull some of the rottenest teeth from this vicious piece of legislation.

  • 04 November 2005

    Tony Blair was given an Eid card by the families of the 10 men detained on the 11th August 2005 pending deportation to Algeria and Jordan, including eight previously interned without charge under anti-terrorism laws. The card carried a message opposing the deportation and torture of their relatives. The Eid card was signed by 1000s of people over the month of Ramadan.

  • 02 November 2005
    The Immigration Office in Brand Street, Ibrox, Glasgow was taken over by protestors today and brought to a complete standstill
  • 02 November 2005

    The Scottish anti-war demo planned for Saturday 12 November has been given the go-ahead by police

  • 27 October 2005

    MPs voted yesterday (26 October 2005) by 472 to 94 to give the Terrorism Bill a second reading. The Conservative front bench backed the bill in principle, while promising to amend it in detail. Most Liberal Democrats joined leftwing and minor party rebels, leaving the government with a majority of 376.

  • 18 October 2005
    The Chairwoman of a local walkers’ group last night described as “ludicrous” the arrest of a Dundee business woman under anti-terrorism legislation after she walked on a restricted harbour path.
  • 13 October 2005
    Lawyer Louise Christian told a House of Commons meeting that the government's Terrorism Bill will create a divide in the community.
  • 08 October 2005
    Special Branch detectives are to go into Scottish schools as part of a major intelligence-gathering exercise to combat the terrorist threat from al-Qaeda.
  • 30 September 2005
    Middlesex University today gave into pressure and agreed to lift the suspension of its student union president who was escorted off campus last week after refusing to cancel a debate with the controversial Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
  • 26 September 2005

    Cindy Sheehan, along with several well-known figures, has been arrested at the front gates of the White House in Washington DC. Sheehan had attempted once again to gain an audience with George W. Bush; again she was refused. Sheehan and her supporters then proceeded to sit down and pray at a restricted point in front of the White House. She and many others have been arrested.

    Those who have been arrested with her include Cindy's sister Dee Dee, former state department official Ann Wright, Michael Berg, the father of slain US contractor Nick Berg, Media Benjamin of Code Pink and many veterans and their family members.

  • 26 September 2005

    Middlesex University has suspended Student Union president Keith Shilson and revoked his studentship indefinitely because he refused to cancel a debate with Hizb ut-Tahrir.

  • 24 September 2005

    Hundreds of inmates in the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike for six weeks against their indefinite detention without charge or trial. One of those on hunger strike is British resident Omar Deghayes.

  • 24 September 2005
    London march against Iraq occupation, for civil liberties numbers 100,000. People from across Britain joined the march for peace and liberty in central London today. The demonstration of around 100,000 was organised by the Stop the War Coalition, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB).
  • 24 September 2005
    Andrew Rowe, a British Muslim convert was jailed for 15 years yesterday after being caught with a notebook containing details of how to fire a mortar. He had been helping Muslims in Bosnia since the mid 1990s and had been arrested when he attempted to re-enter Britain. In the first major terrorist trial since the London bombings, Andrew Rowe, 34, was found guilty of two charges at the Old Bailey. He received seven and a half years for each offence.
  • 23 September 2005
    Several detainees on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay are critically ill, according to lawyers who have recently visited the detention camp. Amnesty International says it is concerned at reports that the camp's facilities are unable to cope with the medical crisis.
  • 16 September 2005

    Seven Algerians, including four who were cleared at the Old Bailey in April of involvement in the alleged ricin plot, were detained yesterday pending their deportation on the grounds that they are a "threat to national security".The seven were detained in London and Manchester in an operation ordered under the home secretary's powers to deport terror suspects.

  • 16 September 2005

    A number of wholly innocent Algerian refugees rightly acquitted by a jury in April 2005, or against whom all charges were dropped long before trial, were this morning abruptly arrested and informed they will be deported to Algeria , a country where all face death or torture. At least one of these men was horrifically tortured in that country and bears the scars today.

  • 15 September 2005

    The government has published a draft of its controversial Terrorism Bill

  • 13 September 2005
    Report on the first public meeting of the Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign, held on 10th October at the London School of Economics
  • 11 September 2005

    The lawyers of Babar Ahmad were informed on Friday 9 September 2005 that the Home Secretary has applied for another two month extension for his decision.

  • 04 September 2005
    Letters From Belmarsh was a Radio 4 commissioned documentary originally scheduled for transmission on 28th July. The cancellation of the programme raises grave concerns about editorial practices at the BBC
  • 04 September 2005
    Letters From Belmarsh was a Radio 4 commissioned documentary originally scheduled for transmission on 28th July. The cancellation of the programme raises grave concerns about editorial practices at the BBC.
  • 20 August 2005
    The Scottish Daily Mail's attack last Thursday on solicitor Mudassar Arani and on an advice leaflet circulated by SACC is a disgrace.
  • 20 August 2005

    Armed police officers in Scotland appear to be operating under the same guidelines that led to the tragic death of Jean Charles de Menezes in London on 22 July. Their firearms policy is urgently in need of overhaul following revelations earlier this week that Jean Charles de Menezes was acting in an entirely innocent manner when he was assassinated by police officers on the London underground.

  • 20 August 2005
    As pressure mounts for police south of the border to back off from their shoot to kill policy, it has become clear that armed police officers in Scotland have been operating under the same guidelines that led to the tragic death of Jean Charles de Menezes in London on 22 July
  • 17 August 2005

    response from Birnberg Peirce and Partners to the evidence made public during the last 24 hours as to the true circumstances of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.

  • 16 August 2005
    In Dennistoun, Glasgow on the evening of Sunday 7 August four Muslim brothers were seriously assaulted. The assault is being treated as attempted murder since one of the brothers suffered several slash and stab wounds so severe he was in intensive care in hospital. Fortunately he and his brothers have all now been discharged from hospital.
  • 12 August 2005

    Press release from Arani & Co. Solicitors in response to an article concerning Mudassar Arani that appeared in the London Evening Standard on 11 August 2005

  • 12 August 2005

    Ten foreign citizens have been detained by police prior to deportation, according to Home Secretary Charles Clarke. They were seized on Thursday 11 August by four police forces working with the Immigration Service. Charles Clarke says he is acting under powers contained in the Immigration Act 1971. The Home Office has refused to name the people arrested. They are thought to include a number of the men previously detained without charge or trial under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, then released following a ruling in their favour by the Law Lords in December 2004. Until yesterday, the men were living under severe restrictions imposed through "Control Orders" issued under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005

  • 12 August 2005

    Press Statement from Birnberg Peirce & Partners Solicitors

    The seven men we represent who were suddenly arrested yesterday morning have been imprisoned separately as far away as it is possible to place them from their families (those who are married), their lawyers and importantly their doctors, in Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire and Full Sutton prison near York.

  • 11 August 2005

    Press Statement from Gareth Peirce

    A number of men we represent who are the subject of Control Orders were arrested this morning and told that they would be deported. The Home Office did not think it necessary to give a single word of explanation to those individuals as to why this morning they can be safely deported to their respective countries of origin when last night they could not.

  • 06 August 2005

    Following a surge in racist crime, SACC calls on Scottish police forces to tackle the crisis of confidence by building a culture of solidarity instead of suspicion, and by dissociating themselves from the Met's shoot-to-kill policy. SACC is also asking members of the public, whatever their faith, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Muslims and to make it clear that they will not tolerate racist harassment and Islamophobia.

  • 05 August 2005
    Blair says he plans to introduce astonishing new "anti-terrorism" powers, including legislation that would make it illegal to condone or glorify terrorism anywhere, not just in the UK. The wide way that terrorism is currently defined means that it would become illegal for anti-war campaigners to express support for the resistance in Iraq.
  • 26 July 2005

    "Police killed my cousin, they could kill anyone," says relative of Brazilian man shot in London

    Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian man killed by police after being mistaken for a suicide bomber, was shot eight times at Stockwell Tube station on Friday, not five times as had previously been reported. The details emerged at the opening of an inquest into his death yesterday.

    Mr De Menezes cousin, Alex Pereira, told BBC Breakfast thet the police "have to pay for that in many ways, because if they do not, they are going to kill many people, they are going to kill thousands of people. They killed my cousin, they could kill anyone."

    Full article in the Guardian

  • 26 July 2005
    Hundreds of friends and relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian man shot dead by police in London on Friday, held a protest march in his home town, Gonzaga, yesterday.
  • 26 July 2005
  • 24 July 2005

    The Islamic Human Rights Commission has announced that it is to suspend all formal relations with the British Police with immediate effect as a result of the shocking cold-blooded murder by the Police of an innocent unarmed man last Friday.

  • 24 July 2005
    It is apparent to anyone who had the misfortune of viewing Peter Taylor's BBC2 documentary, "The New Al-Qaeda; Jihad.com"(broadcast on Monday 25th July 2005, 9pm) that the programme had only one agenda, and was extremely biased. It exploited the minds of an already vulnerable British public in the aftermath of the tragic 7/7 bombings. The whole aim of the programme was to put ahead one view and one opinion in order to prejudice the public with regards to Babar Ahmad.
  • 24 July 2005

    We share the nation's shock at the news that Jean Charles de Menezes - an innocent Brazilian man - has been brutally killed by police on London's Underground. Our thoughts are with his family, and we offer our support to them in the vigil they have been holding today.

  • 23 July 2005
    A young Brazilian man, living and working in London as an electrician, emerged last night as the innocent victim shot dead by police in their hunt for suicide bombers
  • 22 July 2005

    We are filled with sorrow and concern at the news that a man has been shot dead by police on London's underground. We do not know yet whether the man was carrying a bomb. But initial reports suggest that police had been following him for some time without attempting to stop him, so we must suppose that they themselves were far from sure that he presented a threat to life.

  • 21 July 2005
    Police hunting the London bombers today shot a man dead at Stockwell tube station in south London
  • 21 July 2005

    The Islamic Human Rights Commission is sad to announce that there has been a huge upsurge in the number of Islamophobic incidents reported to it in the two weeks following the London bombings.

  • 21 July 2005

    Passengers were evacuated from parts of London's transport system today after incidents involving explosives at three underground stations and a bus. The explosions appear to have been an unseccessful attempt to repeat the carnage of 7 July

    Full article in the Guardian

  • 18 July 2005

    vigils in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London were very successful in showing solidarity with the victims of the London bombings.

  • 15 July 2005
    The terrible events of July 7th 2005 were the first suicide attack on Britain and caused widespread disruption to transport services to and from the capital. I was due to attend a conference in London starting on July 8th but the sleeper from Scotland to London was cancelled on the day of the bombings and I didn't eventually travel until the evening of Sunday 10th July.
  • 15 July 2005
    The Home Secretary Charles Clarke has asked for an extension until September 2005 for his final decision on the extradition of alleged terror suspect Babar Ahmad to the United States of America.
  • 14 July 2005

    Jaya Sacca, a long term peace activist was remanded in Lewes Prison this afternoon (JULY 14TH) by District Judge Arnold. On Wednesday 13th July he was 'arrested' and handcuffed by members of Guardian Security hired by arms dealers EDO MBM. He was 'detained' by the security firm for allegedly stepping onto the road which constitutes the 'no protest zone'. At the time no police were at the scene. Mr Sacca is also alleged to have assaulted one of the security guards when four of them 'arrested' him as attempted to leave the area.

  • 14 July 2005
    Police in Edinburgh have been investigating an unprovoked racial attack on two Asian boys. The 16-year-old and his 11-year-old friend were assaulted by a white man on Tuesday 12 July.
  • 08 July 2005

    The Garden of Friends House in Euston filled with Londoners who came to remember the victims of the horrific bombings that shook their city on Thursday, and show solidarity and unity in the face of the attacks and their aftermath. A vigil was alos held in Edinburgh on Thursday evening.

  • 07 July 2005
    SACC is appalled at Thursday's muderous attacks on the people of London. We whole-heartedly endorse the statement released by our friends and colleagues in the Stop Political Terror Campaign calling for restraint and unity at this crucial time.
  • 07 July 2005
    Police have employed a systematic policy of manipulation, provocation, harassment and downright brutality to diminish and disrupt protests against the G8. Instead of policing the demonstrations, police engaged in an aggressive guerrilla campaign against the demonstrators.
  • 07 July 2005
    Stop the War Coalition unequivocally condemns today's terrorist attacks on the people of London. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. There can be no justification for such attacks. We urge everyone to resist any attempts which may be made to use these crimes to stir up anti-Muslim hysteria or attack the Muslim population of this country.
  • 06 July 2005
    At least 35 people are reported dead in a series of bomb blasts on the London Underground and an a London bus.
  • 06 July 2005
    Babar Ahmad is a British citizen who was first arrested under Anti-Terrorism Laws in December 2003. He was left with 50 injuries, two of which were life threatening. He was released without charge after a week. He was re-arrested on 5th August 2004 on an Extradition Warrant by the USA. Babar has been fighting this extradition. In a message to the audience at the G8 Alternatives Summit, Babar Ahmad wrote: "Today it is my turn. Tomorrow it will be your turn and anyone else identified as Anti-Establishment. Act now before it is too late. "
  • 24 May 2005
    Press release from the Islamic Society of Britain (endorsed by SACC) in response to the announcement that Babar Ahmad, a British Citizen, could be handed over to the US authorities. ISB and SACC urge the Home Secretary to allow Babar to remain in his country and agree with the Muslim Council of Britain that the terms of the Extradition Treaty 2003 are imbalanced and should be re-negotiated.
  • 18 May 2005

    Around 150 protestors gathered outside Belmarsh prison to show their support for the 13 foreign citizens - all Muslim - interned without charge or trial under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001. The protest was organised by the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC).

    BBC report

  • 18 May 2005
    A motion calling for an end to detention without trial was defeated by 313 votes to 68. The motion was tabled by the Liberal Democrats during a debate about a report on the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 issued in December by the committee of privy Councillors set up by Parliament to review the Act.
  • 16 May 2005

    A judge has ruled that British terror suspect Babar Ahmad can be extradited to the United States.

  • 10 March 2005

    Blair and Clarke have finally forced their Prevention of Terrorism Bill through Parliament. It will need to be renewed after a year, but it's still the most frightening piece of legislation to go onto the statute books in modern times.

  • 03 March 2005

    Babar Ahmad, a British Citizen from Tooting has been detained awaiting extradition to the US, which flouts human rights. The last Home Secretary, David Blunkett agreed a treaty where the US does not have to present evidence, which is tested in a British court. If extradited, Babar Ahmad could be tried by a military court and could face the death penalty. The lawyer for the US government said that unprecedented nature of the case meant he needed more time to consult on the issues. Judge Timothy Workman ordered a remand and review hearing on March 24, with the full extradition case to continue on April 18.

    Guardian Article

    More about Barbar Ahmad www.freebarbarahmad.com

  • 28 February 2005

    Saajid Badat, a 25 year old man from Gloucester, admitted plotting to blow up a passenger plane in midair with an explosive device hidden in his shoe. But four days after he was given the device in December 2001, he had a change of heart and backed out of the mission. The prosecution said that device was identical to that used by Richard Reid when he attempted to bring down an aircraft in December 2001 on a flight from Paris to Miami, Saajid Badat is the first person to be convicted in Britain of involvement in a "al-Qaida-style" terrorist plot, despite around 700 arrests under the Terrorism Act 2000, and a handful of convictions for minor offences under the Act. He will be sentenced on 18 March.

    Guardian Article

  • 28 February 2005

    The Prevention of Terrorism Bill passed its 3rd reading in House of Commons on Monday 28th February, by 272 votes to 219.

    Commons debate>
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  • 25 February 2005

    At the last moment MohammadSarwar MP accepted an invitation to speak at a meeting organised by MAB and SACC at Glasgow's Al-Furqan Mosque. Mohammed Sarwar had already voted for the government's Prevention of Terrorism Bill when it had its 2ndreading in the House of Commons on 23rd February. His decision appeared to find no favour in the community he is said to represdent.

  • 31 January 2005

    Detainee "C", held without charge or trial at Woodhill Priosn under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, has been released unconditionally and his certification as a "suspected international terrorist" has been revoked.

    His lawyer, Natalie Garcia, said "It came completely out of the blue,...We were given no indication in court that this was going to happen. In effect, the home secretary has now admitted that C is no danger to anyone at all, which is what we've said from the very beginning, but it has taken three years and his life has been decimated in the meantime."

    C was, she said, "delighted to be released, but very perplexed and confused about the whole situation and couldn't understand why he had been interned for three years on the basis of nothing at all and suddenly released".

    Guardian Article

  • 31 January 2005

    Three men being held without charge or trial under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 have been granted bail.

    Mahmoud Abu Rideh, a Palestinian, was granted bail at a Special Immigration Appeal Commission hearing in London. He is currently held at Broadmoor Hospital, having been transferred there from Belmarsh Prison after his mental health collapsed as a result of his detenntion. The two other men granted bail are known only as "A" and "P". The Home Office will be asking for bail conditions amounting to house arrest to be placed on them.

    BBC Article

  • 25 January 2005
    British Guantanamo detainees return home
  • 25 January 2005

    The men coming home from Guantanamo Bay deserve all the support this country can give them. They should be treated as torture victims, not as terrorism suspects

  • 23 January 2005

    SACC welcomes the news that the remaining four British citizens held at Guantanamo Bay , but is concerned at suggestions that the men may be arrested and questioned by police on their arrival.

  • 22 January 2005

    Remzi Kartal, a founding member of the Kurdistan National Congress and former DEP MP, was arrested at the request of Turkey on January 22 2005 in Nuremberg.

    Remzi Kartal has been active politically on a completely legal basis and has worked exclusively for a democratic and peaceful solution to the Kurdish question. He is known internationally for his struggle for democracy, as are his colleagues from the DEP, Hatip Dicle, Leyla Zana, Orhan Dogan and Selim Sadak. Now he is to be deported to Turkey.