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Growing campaign to defend Aamer Anwar

by Esther Sassaman
Issue No. 2078

Over 250 people attended a Glasgow public meeting on Tuesday of last week, in support of human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar.

Aamer is a prominent campaigning lawyer who has defended victims of racism, anti-war activists and terror suspects. 

He faces contempt of court charges for stating publicly that his client Mohammed Atif Siddique, convicted in September under the Terrorism Act for distributing pro-terrorism information that is freely available on the internet, did not receive a fair trial. 

If he is convicted, he could lose his licence to practice law and may face jail.

The meeting featured a lengthy list of distinguished speakers, including renowned author Alasdair Gray, Rose Gentle from Military Families Against the War, Dr Shafi Kausar, secretary of Glasgow Central Mosque and Doug Jewell of the British Campaign Against Criminalising Communities. 

Aamer Anwar also spoke, as did Asif Siddique, the elder brother of Mohammed Atif.

Tears welled in Asif’s eyes as he spoke of his brother’s case and in support of Anwar. “I am angered and annoyed by the government’s laws and the attacks on freedom of speech,” he said.

“We should stand together to attack the real terrorist threat and not the innocents who have done nothing wrong.

“In reality, my brother Atif was guilty of nothing more and nothing less than being a stupid and curious lad who was angered, as many Muslims are, at the government’s foreign policy and global injustice.”

Campaigners urged attendees to attend the upcoming World Against War conference in London on 1 December.

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Tue 20 Nov 2007, 18:58 GMT
Issue No. 2078
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