Mohammed Atif Siddique granted leave to appeal

Mohammed Atif Siddique, convicted last September of "terrorism" offences connected to his use of the internet, was last today (24 July 2008) granted to leave to appeal.

The appeal is on the basis of misdirection, unbalanced charge, reasonable excuse and excessive sentence.

A procedural hearing will be held in September, followed by a full hearing in the New Year.

Atif's lawyer, Aamer Anwar, was last month cleared of contempt of charges made against him after he criticised Atif's trial as "unfair."

SACC hopes that Atif's appeal will bring a second victory for justice and freedom of expression.