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UK: Muslim activist’s fight for privacy after ‘degrading digital strip search’

October 13, 2017

Muhammad Rabbani.

A British Muslim legal advocate has appealed to the High Court after he was convicted of a terrorism offence for failing to hand over his phone and computer password at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Muhammad Rabbani is now fighting to change a controversial law in the United Kingdom that allows police to carry out ‘digital strip searches’ without any specific suspicion.

Mr Rabbani is the International Director of CAGE, an organisation that fights policies developed as part of the global War on Terror.

He told SBS World News that embarrassing airport interrogations have become a routine part of travel for him and he has lost count of the amount of times he has been stopped at airports – it is in excess of 20 times.

“It’s a difficult ordeal, I mean it’s ever-degrading,” he says.

Mr Rabbani said he had flown home from Qatar in November 2016 when authorities “crossed a red line”.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/Muhammad-Rabbani-fight%20for-privacy-against-UK-terror-laws

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20196

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UK: Full Leigh Day judgment revealed: Firm’s solicitors not ‘people who put financial advantage above professional duty’

September 27, 2017

But partner Martyn Day not ‘a credible, honest or convincing witness’, one tribunal member says

The full judgment in the Leigh Day disciplinary case, the most expensive hearing of its kind, has been revealed in all its 213-page glory.

The case concerned a range of professional misconduct charges brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), and argued in court by barristers from Fountain Court Chambers11 King’s Bench Walk and 39 Essex Chambers. The 19 charges focused on human rights outfit Leigh Day’s alleged failure to adequately verify claims made by Iraqi clients of torture and murder by British troops.

During the spring hearing, social media was awash with venom for respondents Martyn Day (a partner), Sapna Malik (a partner) and Anna Crowther (a junior lawyer).

https://www.legalcheek.com/2017/09/full-leigh-day-judgment-revealed-firms-solicitors-not-people-who-put-financial-advantage-above-professional-duty/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iraq-torture-lawyer-martyn-day-of-leigh-day-was-not-credible-sh2ptjsxr

UK: CAGE’s Muhammad Rabbani to appeal against court ruling

September 27, 2017

Rabbani was ordered to pay court costs of $707 by the court [Courtesy: Cage]

A British Muslim activist who was found guilty of willfully obstructing police by a UK court after he refused to hand over his mobile phone and laptop computer’s pin number, says he is going to appeal against the decision.

Muhammad Rabbani, 36, was arrested at London’s Heathrow airport last November and was charged six months later with obstructing police.

“I will be appealing this decision,” Rabbani, who is the international director of CAGE, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This judgement confirms that a person can fall foul of terrorism laws for protecting client confidentiality. The principle of presumption of innocence, the principle of client confidentiality and the principle of personal privacy are all too important to surrender even with the threat of conviction.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/cage-muhammad-rabbani-appeal-court-ruling-170926163405891.html

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/activist-refused-give-police/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/muhammad-rabbani-cage-director-terror-offence-heathrow-airport-schedule-7-convicted-police-phone-a7967621.html

https://www.wired.de/collection/life/passwort-nicht-verraten-aktivist-schuldig-justizbehinderung (DEUTSCH)

UK: AIRPORT POLICE DEMANDED AN ACTIVIST’S PASSWORDS. HE REFUSED. NOW HE FACES PRISON IN THE U.K.

September 23, 2017

Muhammad Rabbani in London

IT WAS NOT the first time Muhammad Rabbani had problems when returning to the United Kingdom from travels overseas. But on this occasion something was different — he was arrested, handcuffed, and hauled through London’s largest airport, then put into the back of a waiting police van.

Rabbani is the 36-year-old international director of Cage, a British group that was founded in 2003 to raise awareness about the plight of prisoners held at the U.S. government’s Guantánamo Bay detention site. Today, the organization has a broader focus and says it is working to highlight “the erosion of the rule of law in the context of the war on terror.” Due to its work campaigning for the legal rights of terrorism suspects, Cage has attracted controversy, and Rabbani has faced the government’s wrath.

His trouble at Heathrow Airport in late November began with a familiar routine. Often, on his return to the U.K. from foreign trips, he was stopped by police and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act— a sweeping power British authorities can use at the border to interrogate and search people without requiring any suspicion of wrongdoing. People questioned under Schedule 7 have no right to remain silent, and they can be interrogated for up to six hours. Rabbani estimates that he has been stopped under Schedule 7 about 20 times. Usually, he was let free after a few questions without any charges or arrest. But not this time.

Rabbani was returning to London after a business trip to one of the Gulf states. He had been meeting with an individual whom he says was previously detained by U.S. authorities and suffered “years of torture” at the hands of his American captors. The person provided Rabbani with information about his treatment, including names of particular individuals allegedly involved in carrying out the acts of torture. These details, Rabbani says, were provided on a confidential basis and were to be used by Cage as part of a pending legal action against the U.S. government.

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/23/police-schedule-7-uk-rabbani-gchq-passwords/

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/muslim-human-rights-activist-facing-jail-for-refusing-to-hand-over-passwords-to-authorities/

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2017/05/16/a-lawyer-has-uncovered-the-true-intention-of-britains-most-draconian-law-video/

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20002

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20002:Anti-Terrorism-vs.-Privacy%3A-Is-Protecting-Private-Data-a-Jailable-Offense%3F

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/cage-director-denies-obstructing-airport-search-refusing-disclose-passwords-216577570

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41394156

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAGE_(organisation)

https://cage.ngo/

https://lemuslimpost.com/proces-mohammed-rabbani-moralement-gagne.html (FRANCAIS)

Spain/Scotland: Show of support for Aamer Anwar following Barcelona attack

August 23, 2017

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The Law Society of Scotland has joined the widespread show of support for human rights solicitor Aamer Anwar, following a series of abusive messages in response to his eye witness account of last week’s terror attack in Barcelona.

Lorna Jack, Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland said, “In spite of the tirade of abuse which Aamer has been subjected to in the wake of last week’s traumatic events, he has shown characteristic grit and integrity.

“On behalf the Society, I would like to add to the heartening and widespread show of support for him in speaking up for tolerance and decency.”

Aamer Anwar has been a Law Society of Scotland member and solicitor for over fifteen years.  His work as a human rights lawyer has earned him the titles of Solicitor of the Year in the Herald’s Law Awards of Scotland 2016, and Lawyer of the Year Legal Awards of Scotland in 2017.

https://www.lawscot.org.uk/news/2017/08/show-of-support-for-aamer-anwar-following-barcelona-attack/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aamer_Anwar

Scotland/Spain: “I love life. I love unity”: Aamer Anwar hits back at far-right taunts after terror attack

August 18, 2017

AAMER ANWAR has condemned Tommy Robinson after the ex-English Defence League (EDL) leader called him an “Isis lawyer” after the University of Glasgow rector and human rights lawyer was caught up in the terror attack in Barcelona.

Anwar was an eye witness to the Las Ramblas attack on Thursday that killed 13 people and injured 100 more, 15 of whom are thought to be seriously injured.

Due to speak at a Catalonian conference on independence, Anwar told CommonSpace he was upset and angry about the amount of hate he saw online following the attack.

“I’ve seen Tommy Robinson calling me  the ISIS lawyer, I’m no ISIS lawyer. My life was put under threat from Islamic extremists last year.” Aamer Anwar

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/11534/i-love-life-i-love-unity-aamer-anwar-hits-back-far-right-taunts-after-terror-attack

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15483965.Lawyer_Aamer_Anwar_targeted_by_right_wing_extremists_after_witnessing_Barcelona_terror_attack/

http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgow-lawyer-aamer-anwar-targeted-13503917

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15484158.Lawyer_Aamer_Anwar_targeted_by_right_wing_extremists_after_witnessing_Barcelona_terror_attack/

http://www.france24.com/en/20170821-spain-ramblas-trauma-barcelona-terrorism-attack-witness-aamer-anwar-defies-far-right-trolls

http://www.scotsman.com/news/aamer-anwar-condemns-vitriolic-abuse-after-barcelona-attack-1-4537947

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nicola-sturgeon-aamer-anwar_uk_599abf4ee4b0a2608a6d4616

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aamer_Anwar

UK/Iraq: ‘Tank chasing’ lawyer defends decision to sue British army over Iraq

August 16, 2017

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Martyn Day thrives on a fight.

His critics accuse him of being a “tank chaser” for bringing hundreds of lawsuits against the British army over its actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. But others say Mr Day and Leigh Day, the law firm he co-founded in 1987, have pioneered class compensation lawsuits while other law firms have backed away.

Mr Day’s most notable successes include winning a £55m out-of-court settlement from oil group Royal Dutch Shell over two oil spills that affected thousands of Nigerian fishermen and a £19.9m compensation award from the UK government on behalf of Kenyans tortured by British troops in the 1950s.

“I’ve always liked those big fights, those big challenges,” he said in a recent interview with the Financial Times. “I started off doing personal injury cases but I really like a good fight.”

Earlier this year, Mr Day, 60, faced the fight of his career when he, two colleagues and Leigh Day were charged with professional misconduct for their handling of claims that British troops had tortured Iraqi civilians.

https://www.ft.com/content/aad664b6-791a-11e7-a3e8-60495fe6ca71

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/jun/22/martyn-day-no-need-apologise-british-soldiers-over-iraq-claims