Blog – legal

  • Cold comfort from Anjem Choudary conviction

    17 Aug 2016 by Mark Gardner

    Anjem Choudary, Britain’s most notorious Jihadist rabble rouser, has – at long last – been found guilty of “inviting support for a proscribed terrorist organisation”. On the surface, it looks like good news, but look deeper and it is hard to take much comfort. CST has been raising strong concerns about Choudary and his predecessors for over 25 years, warning the authorities that open incitement for Jihadist extremism and terrorism was causing not only antisemitism, but all manner of radicalism that could literally explode against the British public at any time in the future: as it is still doing, both here and across western Europe, fuelled by events in Syria, Iraq and beyond.

  • Joshua Bonehill-Paine receives custodial sentence for incitement to racial hatred

    17 Dec 2015 by CST

    This morning in Southwark Crown Court, Judge Anthony Leonard QC sentenced Joshua Bonehill Paine to a custodial sentence of 3 years and 4 months. Yesterday, on December 16 2015, Bonehill-Paine was found guilty of inciting racial hatred.   

  • Joshua Bonehill-Paine found guilty of inciting racial hatred

    16 Dec 2015 by CST

    Joshua Bonehill-Paine was today found guilty of inciting racial hatred after he published antisemitic material online. In court on Monday 14 December, he was described as an “extremist” who expressed “virulently racist views in respect to the Jewish community”.  

  • Abu Qatada: a lesson for British Jews

    12 Jul 2013 by CST

    Finally, Abu Qatada is back in Jordan, facing questioning about terrorism. The extradition has been a lengthy legal saga, summarised by headlines such as “hate preacher” and “send him back”. The Guardian Comment is Free website has two articles on Britain’s handling of Abu Qatada. The first of thes…

  • Prosecutions for antisemitic criminal acts

    20 Jun 2013 by CST

    CST's website now includes a new section, listing successful UK prosecutions for antisemitic acts from 2003 to 2012. It can be accessed here and will be updated as necessary. CST hopes that this list will encourage victims of antisemitism to report their experience and help press for action against…

  • Milan synagogue and Jewish school plotter jailed

    20 May 2013 by CST

    The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that a 22-year-old Moroccan man, Mohamed Jarmoune, has been sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment for planning terrorist attacks against Milan’s main synagogue and Jewish school. Italian media said the sentence was more than the four years asked by …

  • Hizbollah "collecting information about the Jews...everywhere"

    27 Feb 2013 by CST

      CST has long urged the UK Jewish community to be alert to potential terrorist surveillance and to report suspicions to CST or Police. The ongoing trial in Cyprus, of an alleged Hizbollah operative, again confirms the importance of this message. The Washington Post reports: “I was …

  • More antisemitic terrorists convicted

    21 Feb 2013 by CST

    Three Birmingham men, Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, have been found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being "central figures" in a large scale terrorist plot.  

  • Football fan sentenced for Nazi salute

    1 Feb 2013 by CST

      CST welcomes the conviction of Gareth Smith, a Huddersfield Town supporter, for making a Nazi salute and shouting antisemitic abuse at Leeds United fans during the Football League match between the two clubs last December. Smith was arrested after being identified on CCTV from the match. He admitted a…

  • Terrorist trial: defendants 'discussed attacking synagogue'

    25 Oct 2012 by CST

    Three men from Birmingham on trial at Woolwich Crown Court for terrorist offences allegedly discussed attacking a synagogue, amongst other possible targets: The al-Qaeda inspired gang, from Birmingham, is accused of plotting to use eight suicide bombers to detonate rucksacks packed with explosives in crowded places to cause “mass …

  • Manchester terror plot couple sentenced

    20 Jul 2012 by CST

    Mohammed Sajid Khan and Shasta Khan, the Oldham couple convicted of planning a terrorist attack against Manchester's Jewish community, have today been sentenced to prison terms for their plot: Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, who pleaded guilty before the trial at Manchester Crown Court of his wife, Shasta, was given an indeterminate…

  • Manchester couple found guilty of anti-Jewish terror plot

    19 Jul 2012 by CST

    Today, a husband and wife from Oldham, Mohammed Sajid Khan and Shasta Khan, have been convicted of plotting terrorism against Manchester's Jewish community. Their plan was uncovered after police were called to a domestic incident. The Khans are believed to have been intended to target Jewish communities in Greater Manchester…

  • Manchester terrorism trial - court hears evidence of Jewish community 'targets'

    22 Jun 2012 by CST

    On day two of the trial of Shasta Khan for terrorism offences relating to an alleged plot to carry out a bombing campaign against the Manchester Jewish community - charges to which her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, has already pleaded guilty - the court heard evidence that the couple had…

  • Manchester terrorism trial - pair accused of planning bombing attacks on Jews, court hears

    21 Jun 2012 by CST

    The trial in Manchester of Shasta Khan for various terrorism offences began yesterday with the first part of the prosecution case against her. This included the revelation that her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, has pleaded guilty to related terrorism offences for their alleged plot to carry out bombing attacks on…

  • Manchester Terrorism Trial

    20 Jun 2012 by CST

    A terrorism trial has begun today at Manchester Crown Court which CST expects to be of interest and concern to the UK Jewish community. The trial is expected to last for approximately three weeks. CST cannot be certain as to what information will be made public in the trial, nor…

  • Facebook antisemitism arrests

    17 May 2012 by CST

    Strathclyde Police have charged five adults and a child with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations. This follows searches, computer seizures and arrests made on Friday 11th May, 2012 in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire. The arrests concern antisemitic remarks posted in September 2011,…

  • CST statement: Salah judgement

    10 Apr 2012 by CST

    Yesterday, CST Blog carried CST's initial response to the 5th April 2012 decision by the Upper Tribunal to overturn the Home Secretary's decision to deport Sheikh Ra'ed Salah. Now, having read the Tribunal's judgement, CST adds this, in addition to yesterday's blog posting:  CST was contacted by the Home…

  • Sheikh Raed Salah: appeal verdict

    9 Apr 2012 by CST

    It is being reported that Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of Israel's Islamic Movement, has won his appeal against the decision of the Home Secretary to exclude him from the UK. CST is disappointed that Salah's exclusion has been overturned, but we have not…

  • French Islamists charged with targeting Jewish judge

    3 Apr 2012 by CST

    13 French Islamists connected to the banned Forsane Alizza group are to be charged with a series of terrorist offences, including a plot to kidnap a Jewish judge in Lyon. According to a report in the Guardian: Prosecutor François Molins told a news conference the Forsane Alizza group, or…

  • Four plead guilty to terror plot targeting UK rabbis

    1 Feb 2012 by CST

    Four men have pleaded guilty to a 2010 terrorist plot that included the potential targeting of two rabbis, amongst other targets: Four men inspired by al-Qaeda have admitted planning to detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange. Mohammed Chowdhury, Shah Rahman, Gurukanth Desai and Abdul Miah pleaded guilty to engaging…

  • Justice for Stephen Lawrence

    3 Jan 2012 by Mark Gardner

    This new year has begun with those who murdered Stephen Lawrence having, at last, been brought to justice. Our thoughts are with Stephen's parents, Neville and Doreen Lawrence at this time; and also with his close friend Duwayne Brooks, who witnesed this senseless, racist…

  • Italian far right group charged with terror plot against Jewish community

    15 Dec 2011 by Dave Rich

    Five neo-fascists belonging to the 'Militia' group have been charged with plotting terrorism against Jewish and other targets in Rome. The ANSA website reports: Five members of a Rome-based far-right extremist group were arrested and 16 placed under investigation Wednesday on suspicion of planning attacks against Rome's Jewish community and other…

  • Raed Salah loses appeal against deportation

    27 Oct 2011 by CST

    Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has lost his appeal against deportation from the United Kingdom. Salah now has until the end of October to lodge a further appeal before deportation. CST welcomed the Home Secretary's efforts to exclude Salah from…

  • "Doctored quotes" and CST

    7 Oct 2011 by CST

    As has been widely reported, CST provided information to the government to assist their efforts to exclude, and now deport, the radical Arab-Israeli preacher Sheikh Raed Salah from the United Kingdom. We did this because we believe Salah to have made antisemitic and extremist statements in the past; and because…

  • SPSC & the Jewish People

    31 Aug 2011 by CST

    Paul Donnachie, the St. Andrews University student convicted of the racially aggravated harassment of a Jewish student because that student had an Israeli flag on his wall, told the court that he is a member of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC). SPSC, as noted before on this blog, has…

  • St. Andrews student racism case - SCoJeC report

    30 Aug 2011 by CST

    The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SC0JeC) has published a report on the St. Andrews University case, in which one student, Paul Donnachie, was convicted of racially aggravated harassment of a Jewish student, Chanan Reitblat. The SCoJeC report is worth reading in full. It succinctly summarises the evidence presented…

  • 'Anti-racist' anti-Zionism and the law

    24 Aug 2011 by CST

    Paul Donnachie, a student at St. Andrews University in Scotland, has been expelled from the university after being found guilty of racially abusing a Jewish student. Donnachie had defaced (in an obscene manner) an Israeli flag on the wall of Chanan Reitblat's bedroom, and called Reitblat a terrorist. The trial…

  • "All Jewish Children must die!": conviction for antisemitic abuse in Manchester

    19 Jul 2011 by CST

    The Manchester Evening News reports that a man who shouted antisemitic abuse at parents outside a Jewish school in Manchester has been convicted of religiously aggravated harassment: A taxi driver ranted racial abuse outside a Jewish school after getting stuck in a traffic jam. Taha Osman shrieked ‘All Jewish children …

  • American Nazi "Prophecy" and Dr Daud Abdullah: Deja Vu?

    12 Jul 2011 by CST

    Allegations of antisemitism are mounting against Sheikh Raed Salah of the Islamic Movement, as legal squabbles continue over Britain’s attempts to deport him back to Israel. Salah’s public relations defence is being led by MEMO (Middle East Monitor), a UK Islamist lobby / media group under the directorship of D…

  • Sheikh Raed Salah: The Indictments

    6 Jul 2011 by CST

    Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, is currently in prison in the UK awaiting an appeal hearing against his deportation from the UK. His case has attracted a great deal of media and political attention, mainly because he entered the UK…

  • Sheikh Raed Salah Detention

    29 Jun 2011 by CST

    CST welcomes the detention by UK Borders Agency, late last night, of Sheikh Raed Salah. Salah is leader of the Northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. He had entered the UK despite having been reportedly banned from coming into the country, and is now very likely…

  • Law exists to stop the bigots

    31 Jan 2011 by CST

    This is a cross-post by Winston Pickett from the Jewish Chronicle Reports of antisemitism in the UK are reminiscent of a certain vertigo that used to throw Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign into a state of heightened anticipation. Betsy Wright, Clinton's acerbic adviser and veteran lobbyist, dubbed it waiting for…

  • Terrorist case - targeting of Synagogues and Rabbis

    28 Dec 2010 by CST

    Court hearings began yesterday, 27 December, of nine men arrested in counter-terror raids in Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent on 20 December. The court heard that two synagogues and their Rabbis were amongst a wider range of potential targets of the accused. CST had been previously briefed by Police and we have…

  • Arab European League fined for Holocaust Denial cartoon

    24 Aug 2010 by CST

    A Dutch appeals court has found against the Arab European League for publishing a Holocaust Denial cartoon on its website in 2006, according to Reuters:  A Dutch Muslim group was fined 2,500 euros ($3,200) for publishing a cartoon which suggested the Holocaust was made up or exaggerated by Jews, a Dutch appeals…

  • Universal Jurisdiction, the early years

    22 Jul 2010 by CST

    The Jewish Chronicle reports that the government has announced measures to amend the law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes. The proposed change will take the power to issue an arrest warrant out of the hands of local magistrates, so that it rests solely with the Director of Public Prosecutions.…

  • Aryan Strike Force

    1 Jul 2010 by CST

    Following the convictions of two more members of the neo-Nazi Aryan Strike Force last week, the Jewish Chronicle has a fascinating background article detailing the antisemitism and violent fantasies of the group: They were two anonymous houses in anonymous suburban terraces. But when police arrived with search warrants they found…

  • Neo-Nazis convicted for antisemitic race hate

    25 Jun 2010 by CST

    Two neo-Nazis have been convicted of inciting hatred against Jews and other minorities: Food packer Michael Heaton, 42, idolised Nazi warlord Rudolf Hess and kept piles of memorabilia including swaztikas and a fearsome armory of weapons. After a 12 day trial at Liverpool Crown Court Heaton was convicted on four counts of …

  • BNP activist jailed for violent attack

    24 Jun 2010 by CST

    The Jewish Chronicle reports: A BNP party member has been convicted of attacking an anti-fascist demonstrator, in a protracted court saga. Peter Tierney, 53, from Liverpool, was found guilty by a unanimous verdict at Liverpool Crown Court last Thursday for smashing Nicholas Barnett over the head with a camera tripod. The…

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