Sunday, 3 February 2008

Muslim MP angry that conversation with him and well known suspected terrorist was bugged

This is really pissing me off. Sidiq Khan, Muslim Labour MP, is complaining that police bugged a conversation with him and Babar Ahmad in prison.

Sidiq was a childhood friend of this man. He has also campaigned for him to be unconditionally released.

Babar Ahmad allegedly operated websites in the United States that revealed links to Shamil Basayev, the Chechen leader behind the Beslan school attack. There was also advice on smuggling cash to the Taleban, and Muslims were urged to take arms training for a jihad.

Mr Ahmad, 30, of Tooting, South London, is fighting extradition on five charges stretching from 1997 to 2004 alleging that he used websites to incite the murder of US servicemen in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The bugging of MPs by police has been barred since 1966 under a principle established by Harold Wilson's government.

It's time this principle was abolished. Everyone else can be bugged, why should some of the dodgiest and most powerful people in the country be exempt?

Anyhow, if there's a case where this ban should rightly be contravened, surely it would be in conversations with one of Britain's most well known suspected terrorists?

Update: The BBC's most recommended comments on it's Have Your Say section are unanimously against exemption for MP's

Update 2: Picklers have been outraged. Because Sidiq is a Muslim, and it's racist.

Sunny: "This is shocking because Sadiq Khan was effectively placed under suspicion by the intelligence services simply for being a Muslim."

Read the first two knee-jerk comments too.

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