Why does it take such a long time for "terrorist related" cases to come before the UK Courts ? Why are people being tried twice for the same alleged offences ?
An example of this bizarre and Kafkaesque "grasping at straws" approach to "terrorist" prosecutions of people who are not actually terrorists, is, according to Reuters, the current trial of Parveen Sharif, the sister of the allegedly failed British suicide bomber Omar Khan Sharif
"Sister encouraged UK suicide bomber, court told
06 Oct 2005 14:40:46 GMT
LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - A teacher encouraged her brother to become one of Britain's first suicide bombers by taking part in an attack that killed three people in an Israeli nightclub, a London court was told on Thursday.
Parveen Sharif, 37, is accused of encouraging her brother Omar Sharif to blow himself up with another Briton, Asif Hanif, in a Hamas-sponsored attack at Mike's Place club in Tel Aviv in April, 2003."
Astonishingly this seems to be the second trial on these same charges:
The Daily Telegraph reported last year that:
"Bomber's widow cleared of failing to inform police
By Sue Clough and Chris Boffey
"His wife, Tahira Tabassum, 28, had been accused of knowing of his plan to become a suicide bomber and failing to inform the authorities. She was cleared by an Old Bailey jury of seven women and five men after a nine-week trial.
After deliberating for five days, the jury failed to reach verdicts on Sharif's brother, Zahid, 37, a Derby businessman, and his sister, Parveen, 38, a teacher. They too had denied charges under the Terrorism Act of failing to disclose information about his mission."
We were astonished over a year ago by this case, and our questions remain:
Are you your Brother's Keeper ? DNA and email guilt by association
Did Omar Khan Sharif actually even attempt a suicide attack on a bar in Tel Aviv in Israel ? It was his colleague who supposedly blew up himself and several innocent victims.
However, Omar Sharif's decomposed body was allegedly found in the sea two weeks later, but his family was not permitted to identify it. Instead family members in the UK were arrested and their forcibly taken DNA samples were taken, and passed to the Israeli authorities who then claimed to have matched these to the body.
This may all be true, but alternative hypotheses and conspiracy theories would also fit the same facts or events, including the possability that the allegedly failed suicide bomber was tortured or killed by by the Israelis, or by Hamas etc,. or perhaps that he is still alive somewhere.
The only alleged "evidence" against Parveen Sharif would appear to be purely electronic emails, without any direct reference to time, date or location of the bomb attack, or any mention of explosives etc.
Why is taxpayer's money being wasted on a second trial in this case ?
Which potential suicide bomber is going to be deterred by such a prosecution ?
Why would anyone ever inform the UK authorities about a relative, even one with extremist views, who happens to be in another country,e.g. in Israel or the West Bank or Gaza, or Iraq etc. when, if they are denounced as a terrorist or potential terrorist, this could easily lead to them being killed preemptively ?
Is it this case, which has prompted the Home Office to propose the vague "indirect incitement to terrorism" offences ?