Deportation Without Having Been Found Guilty of Any Crime. British Justice?

On April 8th 2009 armed police swooped on Pakistani students in the North West. Three were released, though items and equipment remain confiscated. The remaining 12 are still in detention without charge. They are awaiting deportation, under the pretext that they pose a ‘threat to national security’. No evidence has been provided.

Tariq ur Rahman, one of the students arrested in last month’s terror raids in the North West, was denied bail on 12th May and imprisoned as a CAT ‘A’ prisoner. As a result, he has been forced to leave the UK, despite no evidence of any wrong doing on his part being put forward.

In a letter to Gordon Brown (see below), four of the parents of the imprisoned students said, ‘Our children are still being punished for crimes that they never committed…We are a poor people and some of the parents have arranged loans for their kids to send them abroad for education.’

Emergency Public Meeting: 20th May, 7.30 pm, Saffron Restaurant, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester. Speakers include campaigners, solicitors for defendants and Cllr Afzal Khan who has just returned from Pakistan where he met some of the families of imprisoned students.

Campaigner Tariq Mehmood says, ‘it is understandable why someone should wish to leave a country that wants to incarcerate him as a top security prisoner without charge, without knowing when he will be released, without having the chance to talk to any of his loved ones, but what does it say of the system that is doing this?’ Referring to the public meeting he added, ‘it is outrageous that young men who came here to study or anyone else for that matter should be forced into this choice. We must act together to get justice for Tariq ur Rahman and all the others in his situation.’

LETTER TO GORDON BROWN

15 May 2009

His Excellency
Mr. Gordon Brown
Prime Minister
United Kingdom

APPEAL AGAINST DEPORTATION

Dear Sir,

It is with utmost distress and pain that we approach your kind office to plead the case of 10 Pakistani students, who are being held by British authorities despite absence of any charges or evidence. Our kids are in prison, thousand of miles away from us having no contact with them for the last 43 days. Agonies, stresses which we are experiencing at the moment cannot be simply explained, what to speak of the mothers of these unfortunate students. UK has long history of fair play and justice and we are sure that justice coupled with compassion will also prevail in this case.

We are sure that your Excellency must be cognizant that these young men were arrested on “suspicion” and not even an iota of evidence has been found in respect of any individual. Absence of any evidence, in such a planned and coordinated UK government operation, maintains our pride in Pakistani children who traverse oceans to seek higher education and then become islands of excellence across the Western countries.

At the same time, our confidence has been restored in the judicial and legal system of United Kingdom. Absence of any evidence also indicates impartiality and objectivity of the investigation carried out so far. However, the ordeal of Pakistani parents is not over. Our children are still being punished for crimes that they never committed. The deportation back to Pakistan amounts the same pain. The deportation challenges our honor and jeopardizes our freedom. The deportation truncates the educational ambitions and it chains the freedom to pursue a happy life.

Through your kind self, we approach the British authorities and the British people, and request them not to sacrifice the education, freedom, and future happy lives of few young Pakistani students under the expansive definition of national security. The deportation will set a wrong precedent on the global landscape of Human Rights. It will rein in the human ascent to freedom and shall be marked as a retrogressive incident. Just imagine what will be the mental status of these students if they are deported with out realizing their dream of completing higher education. We are a poor people and some of the parents have arranged loans for their kids to send them abroad for education

As parents, we are concerned that a punishment is being meted out despite the absence of any offense. The British authorities and British people need to understand that the deportation, in this case, amounts to an atrocious act which will inject helplessness and resentment in Pakistan.

As parents, we also solicit your support to seek resumption of some of the basic human rights for these Pakistani students, particularly:
(a) These Pakistani students may be allowed to appear in the educational exams / tests that are scheduled for their normal course of studies.

(b) These Pakistani students may be allowed to make telephonic calls to their parents in Pakistan.

Through your kind office, we request your Excellency to let these young students resume their studies and to let normalcy return to their lives.

Thank you and best regards,

Ms Azra Sultana Begum mother of Muhammad Shoaib Khan (Arrested Student) Khan Muhammad father of Abdul Wahab Khan (Arrested Student) Sarfraz Khan father of Ahmed Faraz (Arrested Student)
Ms Jallandar Shah mother of Tariq Rehman (Arrested Student)

8 comments on “Deportation Without Having Been Found Guilty of Any Crime. British Justice?

  1. christian h. on said:

    It’s the usual approach over here, too. If the filth can’t make their ridiculous terrorism charges stick, they get people deported. The amazing thing is that despite how absurdly easy it is to convict people (with secret evidence admitted, juries rigged and influenced by fear mongering, and “conspiracy laws” making entrapment basically legal) they still often screw up.

  2. Observer on said:

    Police operation was to distract from killing of Ian Tomlinson, now they want to sweep these people under the carpet.

  3. IndoPunk on said:

    @Observer – damn right bro, the resignation of a Bob Quick, the top terror cop over some alleged gaffe jeopardising operation against suspected al-Qaeda cell in the north of England… bollocks !!

    They knew that people were furious because a white man (let’s face it) was killed by the police hence the bunny has to be taken out of the hat. And, who else could have been the best target but these beard sporting, muslim, Pakis… weren’t these evidence supposed to convince people that they were guilty. After all its the non-whites, the asylum seekers, the immigrants, who by trying to hold on to the fading shadows of their dreams of having a decent life, are flushing down this great Empire down the shitter, no?

  4. To often the Police have real reason to be concerned and whist carrying out serveillance it becomes crystal clear that they are at it. The problem is, like many many many other criminals they can cover their tracks and leave no tangible evidence, in other words they are very cunning and clever. When the Police move in to early for what ever reason, and cannot bring them to court, what do they do ? Let them loose to disappear and possibly go onto carry out a crime. How would the public react if those men were released and then went onto carry out a crime, be it small or big. Who then end’s up in court and Sued for Millions of pounds. You must live in FairyLand if you think that the Police should turn a blind eye and not have them deported ,as the Police could not have honestly taken that risk. How would you feel if you or your family became a victim of crime under such circumstances. To me it appears that you want to criticize the Police and Government no matter what. Well my point of view is that National Security and peoples safety should come before anything else in these circumstances. Can you honestly say with your hand on your heart that these men were not at it ?

  5. IndoPunk on said:

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    @Leo –

    Your first assumption – state and its institutions imposing their hegemony are justified in its implementation.

    My questions – why the people who are being crushed by an institution should accept it? why should a slave accept dictats of a slave master? why should the workers accept the extraction of profit by the bosses? why should the blacks (non-white) accept imposition of the cultural supremacy of the whites? why should the women accept patriarchal dominance of the men? why should the colonised accept the rule of the coloniser? why should the ordinary people accept the laws set by the ruling classes?

    Unfortunately the systemic hegemony which works on cultural-political and goes down to the bio-physical levels makes it look like the law of the nature, hence your inane (or not so) proclaimation – “often the Police have real reason to be concerned”.

    Now coming to the second part of your posting – its seems your assumption is that certain people belonging to certain faiths, ethnic groups, having certain skin colour, shall be treated guilty until proven innocent. If not, where is the proofs, the evidence, from months of diligent surveillance (this was supposed to be the top secret operation) to convict these students?

    For the sake of the argument let’s assume that these pakis were shrewd bastards, they did cover up their tracks and we don’t have any evidence, nevertheless we shall convict them guilty and deport their asses (well, until we can go back to the days of full-on monarchy we won’t be able to put them back in the prison as guilty but nevermind we are keeping them in Belmarsh without any charges), what makes you innocent? why not put you and your family behind the bars under solitary confinement on any abritrary charges? what gives you such a privilege? what else can conjure in your defence but your white skin? what is the guaranty that you won’t commit any crimes in your life and moreover what is the proof that you haven’t committed any in the past, for all we know (and also using your own argument) you can be one of those “very cunning and clever” “criminals who can cover their tracks and leave no tangible evidence”, no?

    You must be living in the white supremacist land if you think that police should turn their usual
    The questions that you should be asking is that what gives we suddenly respecting criminals killing thousands and millions while sitting in the Parliament or wearing some uniform start How would you feel if you or your family became a victim of crime under such circumstances.

    @Leo –

    Your first assumption – state and its institutions imposing their hegemony are justified in its implementation.

    My questions – why the people who are being oppressed by an institution should accept it? why should a slave accept dictats of a slave master? why should the workers accept the extraction of profit by the bosses? why should the blacks (non-white) accept imposition of the cultural supremacy of the whites? why should the women accept patriarchal dominance of the men? why should the colonised accept the rule of the coloniser? why should the ordinary people accept the laws set by the ruling classes?

    Unfortunately the systemic hegemony which works on cultural-political and trips down to the bio-physical levels makes it look like the law of the nature, hence your inane (or not so) proclamation – “often the Police have real reason to be concerned”.

    Now coming to the second part of your posting – its seems your assumption is that certain people belonging to certain faiths, ethnic groups, having certain skin colour, shall be treated guilty until proven innocent. If not, where is the proofs, the evidence, from months of diligent surveillance (this was supposed to be the top secret operation) to convict these students?

    For the sake of the argument let’s assume that these pakis were shrewd bastards, they did cover up their tracks and we don’t have any evidence, nevertheless we shall convict them guilty and deport them (well, until we can go back to the days of full-on monarchy we won’t be able to put them back in the prison as guilty, on the whim of the sovereign, but nevermind we are keeping them in Belmarsh for the moment without any evidence), what makes you innocent? why not put you and your family behind the bars under solitary confinement on any abritrary charges? what gives you such a privilege? what else can conjure in your defence but your white skin? what is the guaranty that you won’t commit any crimes in your life and moreover what is the proof that you haven’t committed any in the past, for all we know, using your own argument, you can be one of those “very cunning and clever criminals who can cover their tracks and leave no tangible evidence”, no?

    You must be living in white supremacist land for suggesting that members of an ethnic, religious group should be persecuted without any incriminating evidence.

    The questions that you should be asking, given that you’re honest in your enquiry, are that what legitimises criminals killing thousands and millions while sitting in the Parliament in the name of a powerless, befuddled, apathetic, and mute populace or how wearing some grotty ill-fitting uniform assigned from the ‘government’ gives one the license to kill people and get paid for it, and most importantly, with honesty and hand on your heart ask – are you not a racist?

  6. Ref : Indopunk’s comments

    Mr Indopunk , you actually make me feel like an acidental Racist , which you may be happy to learn, I am not. You have made me realise that I need to look into the Socialist way of thinking before I nexy comment on this blog. Also I realise that you are very intellectual person and I would lose an argument with you everytime however I will look into the socialist way of thinking before I next respond to this or any other subject on this Blog. Lastly I do believe that the Government and Police had no other choice other than to deport the men in question because if anything did happen after releasing them the Government and Police would have been in a “No Win Situation”.