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Aamer Anwar: human rights lawyer faces contempt charge

Issue No. 2077

Leading Scottish human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar has been told that he will face a hearing over possible contempt of court charges.

The charges relate to a statement that Aamer made on the steps of the Glasgow high court on behalf of his client Mohammed Atif Siddique, who was sentenced to eight years on three charges relating to terrorism.

Aamer read from a press statement which began, “Today Mohammed Atif Siddique was found guilty of doing what millions of young people do every day, looking for answers on the internet.”

The judge, Lord Carloway, said remarks in the statement were in part untrue and misleading.

Aamer has a long track record of taking up important human rights cases.

Several prominent lawyers have spoken out in Aamer’s support, including Imran Khan, the solicitor for the Stephen Lawrence family, and Baroness Helena Kennedy.

An open letter has been launched in Aamer’s support, with signatories including Tony Benn, Moazzam Begg, Mohammad Sarwar MP, Paddy Joe Hill of the Birmingham Six, lawyer Gareth Peirce, Bill Wilson MSP, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Tommy Sheridan and Massoud Shadjareh, chair of the Islamic Human Rights Commission.

The letter is available from glasgowstopwar@gmail.com


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Tue 13 Nov 2007, 17:50 GMT
Issue No. 2077
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