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‘Lyrical Terrorist’ Gets Community Service

From her undying fans at the Guardian:

Woman nicknamed ‘lyrical terrorist’ escapes jail sentence

Owen Bowcott
Friday December 7, 2007

A 23-year-old former Heathrow airport worker who stored military manuals and wrote poems celebrating the beheading of non-believers avoided prison yesterday.

Samina Malik, who called herself the “lyrical terrorist”, was the first woman convicted under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 of possessing records likely to be useful in terrorism.

At the Old Bailey yesterday, Judge Peter Beaumont, the recorder of London, sentenced her to nine months’ prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered her to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

“In my judgment your offence is on the margin of what this crime concerns,” he told Malik. He said she was of previously good character and from a “supportive and law-abiding family who are appalled by the trouble that you are in”.

While a custodial sentence was merited, she had already faced extremely rigorous bail conditions that were “tantamount to house arrest” and had spent five months in custody…

Inayat Bunglawala, of the Muslim Council of Britain, welcomed the decision to suspend the sentence. “Samina Malik was being prosecuted in effect for a thought crime because she had downloaded some material from the internet which anyone could download.”

The Crown Prosecution Service said: “Samina Malik was not prosecuted for writing poetry. Ms Malik was convicted of collecting information, without reasonable excuse, of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.”

So Ms. Malik was spared any real punishment because she had a “good character”?

Given the current sad state of the United Kingdom, her “unpaid work” will probably be poetry recitals for impressionable children.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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