It's Criminal to Collectively Punish Innocent Family
On 6th November 2011, Munir Farooqi was convicted under terrorism laws of trying to recruit men to fight against N.A.T.O forces in Afghanistan, even though there was no evidence that he had ever successfully done this.
Two undercover police officers pretended to convert to Islam through Munir Farooqi's dawah stall in Longsight. Mr Farooqi was then convicted for allegedly 'radicalising' the two undercover officers and is now serving life in prison.
Tony Porter, head of the counter terrorism unit, said the following:
“This was an extremely challenging case, both to investigate and successfully prosecute at court, because we did not recover any blueprint, attack plan or endgame for these men. However, what we were able to prove was their ideology.”
Farooqi was convicted on the 'evidence' provided by the two undercover officers of which there was nothing forensic in nature. He is now appealing the conviction. However whether he is guilty or innocent is not the only issue here.
The Issue of Injustice
If Munir Farooqi's family thought they could finally put this nightmare behind them and get on with their lives - they were wrong. They are now facing homelessness after having been served written notice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of their intent to confiscate the family home and pay the proceeds into the magistrates court. This will leave seven members of the family homeless, including an eight year old child and a one year old baby.
It is criminal to collectively punish an innocent family for the alleged crimes of one person. The law that is being used is the Terrorism Act 2000, section 23A. This is the first time the law is being used to confiscate a family home. If this is allowed to happen, it will set a precedent for this injustice to continue. This law could even be extended to other crimes, for example, theft and the families of someone convicted of theft could be made homeless. For those who think this is unlikely to happen, let us remind you that the issue of collective punishment was raised with the families of the rioters.
If you are still not convinced of the injustice of this law then read on. This law could also affect property owners. If a tenant in your house is convicted for terrorism, your house could be confiscated. It doesn't matter if you own the property and that the tenant doesn't. Your house could still be confiscated and you merely become the third party. In the case of the Farooqi family, Munir Farooqi does not own the property but his wife and daughter do, yet they are still facing homelessness.
It would be understandable to confiscate the family home if it was being used as a bomb making factory or bought by illegal drug money, however the home was bought by legitimate means, and is owned by two innocent women, being used for legitimate purposes. It makes absolutely no sense to confiscate the home.
Please take action against this injustice as soon as possible, as the court case is in early March.
What can you do?
1) Sign the petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-famiily-home/
2) Write to your MP asking if they believe any of their constituents should be collectively punished in this way. A sample letter can be downloaded from the http://savethefamilyhome.com/?page_id=65 (Please email the campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org with any response you receive from your MP).
3) Ask your union branch to pass a motion supporting the campaign. A model motion can be downloaded from www.savethefamilyhome.com
4) Send messages of support to email@example.com
5) Visit the ‘Save the Family Home’ facebook page
6) Make a donation to the campaign.
Account name: RAPAR Treasurers’ Account,
Account Number: 10090286 Sort Code: 16-28-14 (please mark payments as Save the Family Home Campaign).
ATTEND THE PUBLIC MEETINGS
Tuesday 28th of Feb, 2012
7pm - 9pm
Thursday 1st March, 2012
7pm - 9pm
Rochdale Dawah Centre,
7 Oldham Rd,