IMMIGRANT KILLER TO REMAIN IN THE UK
Laith Alani, 41, an Iraqi immigrant who is a paranoid schizophrenic, has won the right to stay in Britain after a judge ruled he would pose a danger to the public in his homeland.
An immigration tribunal decided that he should not be deported to Iraq because it would breach his human rights and put people there at risk.
Alani killed Michael Masser and Kenneth Paton, both consultant cosmetic surgeons, at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in November 1990. Alani has spent the past 19 years in a secure hospital after he stabbed the two NHS consultants because he believed he had received a "command from Allah".
Alani had come into contact with the two doctors after being referred to their clinic for removal of a tattoo from his arm – a picture of an eagle above the words "Republic of Iraq" – because he claimed the adornment was against his religion. He became concerned about how long he would have to wait for the procedure, and even tried to remove the tattoo himself by scraping his arm with a knife.
He appealed to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) where a panel led by Lance Waumsley, a senior immigration judge, ruled that he could remain in the UK. Apparently, one of the reasons given by the judges was that if Alani was sent back to Iraq he would be unlikely to receive medicine which keeps his paranoid schizophrenia under control.
Alani was understood to have been receiving the drug clozapine on the NHS for 10 years, and the AIT was told it was the only medication found suitable to treat his mental condition.
The family of Kenneth Paton, one of the two doctors stabbed to death by Laith Alani, have expressed “alarm” that his killer could soon be living freely in the UK. Mr Paton's widow, Dorothy, from Ossett, near Wakefield, told the paper: "I think he should be deported. I argued that at the time of the trial. I think he is going to be a danger to people in Britain. He is a dangerous man."
Dr Hamish Paton, the victim’s son, said the family had never been notified of moves to release or deport Alani. “We should certainly have been informed that his case was being reviewed, especially the issue of whether he should be deported,” he said. “It is an issue of great concern if they say he is highly likely to relapse if he stops taking his medication. If he committed another similar crime that would be truly appalling.”
Hamish, 47, a hospital consultant, called for a review of the system used assess and release offenders like Alani, so that officials were held accountable for their decisions. “Any person who decides Alani should remain in this country should be personally responsible for his supervision,” he said. “And they should take responsibility if anything goes wrong. I think judges and courts who make these decisions should stand by them should anything go wrong.”
He added: “There seems to be a strong bias towards his rights and not the rights of the British people.”
MUNIR HUSSAIN FREE - BUT JUSTICE HAS YET TO BE SERVED
Munir Hussain outside his home
Better late than never Mr B, pity your timing is so poor that it smacks of vote catching tactics.
Following the raid on Hussain's home in September 2008, one of the raiders, Walid Salem suffered injuries inflicted by Hussain who caught up with his attacker as he fled the house in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. In August last year, Salem, 57, described as a creer criminal, successfully persuaded a judge at Reading Crown Court that he was suffering brain damage and could not be tried for attacking Mr Hussain. He also received an absolute discharge for alleged offences of possession counterfeit credit cards, a forged UK driving licence and handling stolen goods, where had allegedly been committed months before the raid on Hussain's home, after successfully arguing he was unfit to plead in that case too.
Walid Salem (57) Career Criminal
Salem was given a two-year supervision order and allowed to walk free after doctors said he was too brain damaged to enter a plea.
But the 57-year-old, has since been arrested on suspicion of other crimes - raising questions about the severity of his injuries. Egyptian-born Salem's list of more than 50 convictions stretches back to 1980.
Despite crimes including possessing a firearm and 27 theft offences, the longest prison sentence he received was 42 months.
The Crown Prosecution Service has faced growing pressure for him to stand trial for his role in the raid on Mr Hussain's family home.
Salem and two masked accomplices carrying 12in knives forced their way into the millionaire's house and threatened to kill him, his wife and their three children.
So far no one has been brought to justice for that attack.
Within weeks of being ruled too brain damaged to enter a plea for the attack on Mr Hussain and his family, Salem embarked on another crime spree. He was given an absolute discharge at St Albans Crown Court last November over five new charges after the court was again told that he was unfit to plead. He is also being investigated over other alleged offences.
Michael Wolkind QC, who acted for Mr Hussain at his trial, said: "The fact he [Salem] has gone on to allegedly commit further offences suggests he cannot be significantly brain-damaged. If he is committing further offences then the prosecution should re-examine the findings and bring in new psychiatrists to have a fresh look."
Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, said: "Our criminal justice system will only be credible if it is seen to look after the victims of crime and not allow those who commit offences to get away with it".
Tory MP Philip Davies said: "What this man did to Mr Hussain was absolutely horrendous and he should be in prison for it, regardless of any other offences he may have committed. No civilised society should be forced to tolerate this man causing carnage wherever he goes".
Guy Dehn, director of the charity Witness Confident, which campaigns against violent crime, said: 'If he is fit enough to commit crimes then surely he must be fit enough to stand trial? 'I'm sure the general public will be wondering if he can really be as ill as it has been claimed.'
The cases illustrated in this post highlight the crippled state of the Criminal Justice System in this country.
The victims of crime have long since been treated scandalously by the state and the system.
A previous article from these pages detailed how Gordon Brown and his Government have shown an abhorrent lack of compassion for the victims of crime
The Labour Government have ploughed so much funding into committees to encourage a politically advantageous "Victim Focused" strategy of policing, yet fail to deliver when it comes to supporting the tragic real victims, the families that experience bereavement through criminal acts. This includes families of police officers.
The National Victims Association provide a comprehensive advocacy, advice, counselling and support service to families bereaved through murder or manslaughter, and are widely regarded by many Government Ministers, statutory agencies, Police forces and Churches as the leading Charity specialising in this field of work.The work of the National Victims Association has been repeatedly spurned by Gordon Brown who has "previous" for refusing to speak to the association when approached.
What Gordon Brown says...
“Every child is precious and irreplaceable and the death of a child is an unbearable sorrow that no parent should ever have to endure.”
House of Commons, 25th Feb 2009
What Gordon Brown does...
The Prime Minister has, for over a year, resolutely refused to acknowledge multiple requests to meet several NVA parents bereaved through murder. In May 2008 and on behalf of the families of 38 homicide victims - including one triple murder and two serving police officers - NVA wrote to Prime Minister Gordon Brown requesting a meeting to discuss their plight. He refused.
STRANGE THEN, THAT ON THE RUN UP TO THE ELECTION - HE IS SO KEEN TO BE SEEN STANDING UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE HOUSEHOLDER.
The appeal we would make to the future Government, whose responsibility it will be to fix "Broken Britain" and our crippled Criminal Justice System, is to focus on the "Broken British" first. We pay the taxes that put you in power and keep you there. We place our trust in you to manage our society and look after OUR interests FIRST.
Make whatever changes you have to, in order to restore our faith in the crumbling state of our country. Apply the common sense the average member of the public screams out for. STOP the ridiculous state of affairs where the victim ends up worse off than the attacker. STOP the scandalous waste of resources and taxpayers money on issues that prejudicially affect the welfare of the British citizen.
The right steps to restoring public confidence in the political and judicial system is by your ACTIONS.
No more rhetoric, no more blame, just take action and show us you understand the common sense requirements of the average tax payer. Find more ways to communicate with us.
Ask us WHAT WE WANT ON A REGULAR BASIS, don't assume that the ideas conjured up by your advisors reflect what the British people want. Listen to your front liners more than the senior management, in policing, health, education, probation, social services and all the other public sectors. Spend more time listening to the front liners in society rather than the often over paid managers, many of whom have lost their way.
RESTORE A SPIRIT OF FAIRNESS and our confidence will come flooding back to you.