Comment at end
24th February, 2010
A FUNNY VIDEO?
Putting aside for a moment the reasons why the Police released this video, some of us might have a right to say – “Funny? Not very.”
Especially so when cartoons of Mohammed are not a laughing matter in the Muslim community. In fact they are jihad matters. The sense of humour of some is narrow, it would seem.
Still, it is to be expected that the prosecution will have more than just this video as evidence to back up their claims of jihad intent and/or the dissemination of materials meant to incite and/or encourage others. These people are accused of preparing for acts of terrorism between April 2006 and August 2008.
If I were their defence in the preparing for jihad charge I might be asking – what took them so long, if they were serious?
Terror accused ‘made video in park’
I have to say that the expressions on the faces of the guys in the video is not quite as bitter and twisted by hatred as has been the case in earlier terrorists’ videos. If I recall correctly in earlier cases we were not shown the videos until after the trials had been concluded. I stand to be corrected on this.
The Daily Mail, as would be expected, uses nastier looking pictures on its report here
‘Officers discovered a camcorder video tape, which showed Abbas Iqbal holding a young boy and raising a machete over his head, the court heard.
Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told the jury that was “a joke”.
The Iqbal brothers and Ahmad – a white Muslim also from Blackburn – deny preparing for acts of terrorism between April 30, 2006 and August 14, 2008.
Abbas Iqbal also pleads not guilty to disseminating terrorist publications and possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist.
Ilyas Iqbal denies possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist.
Back to the principle of releasing this piece of evidence at all while the case is ongoing. I assume that the Police are secure in their legal position here. If not, expect acquittals (on jihad, or perhaps all of the charges) on a technicality.
The other alternatives are that they are found guilty of attempting to incite and/or disseminate, and the CPS will have evidence to prove this, if this is the case.
In the meantime a message will have gone out to those messing about on their computers in this way: don’t, even if just for a good old Islamic lark, unless you want to appear in court.