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Muslim, Black Lawyers Want Own Oversight

From the UK’s Times Online:

Black and Muslim lawyers plan breakaway regulator

Frances Gibb, Legal Editor

Black and Muslim solicitors have accused Britain’s legal watchdog of racial discrimination and want to break away to establish their own watchdog body.

The Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML) and the Society of Black Lawyers have obtained figures that show that the Law Society’s regulatory arm is more than twice as likely to investigate misconduct allegations against ethnic minority solicitors than it is against white lawyers.

They claim that the disproportionate attention is fuelled by discrimination, rather than by suspect practices.

Figures published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in 2006 showed that 62 per cent of investigations related to nonwhite lawyers.

The black and Muslim groups are looking into whether they can break away from supervision by the Law Society. From next year the Law Society will no longer be able to compel particular interest groups to sign up to it as their representative body…

Peter Herbert, the chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, said: “These figures are a prima facie case of racial discrimation. Clearly this form of regulation is not working and we are looking at establishing a separate, independent watchdog for ethnic minorities.”

Mahmud al-Rashid, a spokesman for the AML, said: “The figures show there must be discrimination at the SRA. We are demanding an immediate investigation.”

But a spokesman for the SRA said that it was the statutory regulatory body for all solicitors and it was not possible for those holding themselves out as solicitors to be regulated by anyone else.

She said that the figures in question were published last year and seemed large because the they were part of a wider category that included those of mixed race or “other”.

She added that black and ethnic minority solicitors tended to be disproportionately concentrated in the small or sole-practitioner firms, and these historically were the ones that tended to be more likely than larger firms to get into trouble.

The row was ignited when a leading ethnic minority law firm asked the SRA to investigate a white employee who was alleged to have committed fraud and made racist comments about Iranians. The SRA began examining the incidents and eventually concluded that the woman had made racist remarks. But then to the surprise of her bosses, it dropped the case on the basis that she was pregnant.

By contrast, an Asian lawyer from the same firm had to undergo a month-long investigation when he was falsely accused of overcharging a client £18. The firm spent £14,000 defending its employee.

When Mr Vaz heard of the cases, he asked the SRA to provide figures on its investigations into black and Asian solicitors. He found that, in 2006, 62 per cent of investigations were launched against nonwhite, mixed and “other” lawyers, a group which represents just 22 per cent of the total population of solicitors.

You see, making a “racist” remark about Iranians is just as bad or maybe even worse than overcharging a client.

By the way, the Association of Muslim Lawyers issued a press release after 9/11, which read suspiciously like a justification for the attack, given all of the abuse Muslims have suffered in the past:

Statement on Individual, Group and State Terrorism

The Association of Muslim Lawyers condemns the incidents that took place in New York and Washington on 11th September 2001 and expresses its condolences and deepest sympathy to the victims, their families and friends.

Unfortunately as a result of those incidents many Muslims are being subjected to various forms of abuse or attacks and the Association is urging anyone who is a victim of any sort of incident/attack/harassment to write to the Association via our email address aml@aml.org.uk.

The Association intends to closely monitor such incidents and to compile a report and present this to the Government for the protection of Muslims. It is imperative that anyone who suffers any form of such attacks writes with as much detail as possible to enable us to compile as complete a record as possible. The Association is working together with the Muslim Council of Britain in this regard.

The Association of Muslim Lawyers also condemns the indiscriminate slaughter of innocent non-combatant civilians in Bosnia, Kosovo, Checheniya, Russia, Algeria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Gujarat, China and Indonesia and expresses its condolences and deepest sympathy to the victims, their families and friends. As Allah says in the Qur’an:

“So We decreed for the tribe of Israel
that if someone kills another person –
unless it is in retaliation for someone else
or for causing corruption in the earth –
it is as if he had murdered all mankind.
And if anyone gives life to another person,
it is as if he had given life to all mankind.
Our Messengers came to them with Clear Signs
but even after that many of them
committed outrages in the earth.”

[Qur’an: 5.32]

As for anyone who kills a mumin deliberately,
his repayment is Hell,
remaining in it timelessly, for ever.
Allah is angry with him and has cursed him,
and has prepared for him a terrible punishment.

[Qur’an: 4. 92]

[a mumin (plural: muminun ) is someone who possesses iman, which is belief, faith, acceptance in the heart of Allah and His Messenger Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Iman consists of believing in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, the Garden and the Fire, and that everything, both the good and the bad, is by the decree of Allah.]

In other words, if someone kills a Muslim Allah will eventually punish them. Hence, 9/11 according to the AML.

The AML also issued a statement condemning the invasion of Iraq, which they consider terrorism on the part of the US.

Worse still, the AML have been lobbying for and getting passed “hate crime” laws passed, to punish anyone for untoward thoughts about Islam:

AML EVIDENCE TO THE HOUSE OF LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS OFFENCES

17TH OCTOBER 2002

The AML, represented by Ahmad Thomson and Ifath Nawaz, in the end concentrated their efforts on highlighting the need for new offences aimed at incitement to religious hatred, (by way of literature, internet etc), the incitement to the commission of religiously aggravated offences and finally the actual commission of those offences.

The AML expressed the view that the existing blasphemy law should be retained but expanded to include protection to the bona fide religions and their followers, and that in the short term an amendment to the existing Race Relations legislation was appropriate.

However it was stressed that, in order to effectively give the message that such behaviour will not be tolerated, it was important that there was direct legislation on the point. To this end, the AML provided written proposals as to the form such legislation should take.

Indeed, changing the laws of Great Britain to suit Islam is what they are all about, as they are only too proud to admit:

About Us

The Association of Muslim Lawyers has been active since 1993 and since its official launch in 1995 its membership and influence have been steadily growing. The various talks, seminars, conferences and careers workshops organized by AML since its inception have helped bring Muslim lawyers together – both professionally and socially – and have helped them to help not only the Muslim community in the United Kingdom, but also society as a whole: The relatively recent arrival of Muslims in the British Isles has already had a positive effect in many ways.

Based on divine revelation, Islam has always acted as a filter – which retains what is good in a society while removing what is harmful. This is an ongoing process, which like health is in need of constant attention and action. Part of this process of change and transformation is the review of existing laws and the introduction of new ones, particularly as regards those regulating religious discrimination and usury.

Aims and Objectives of AML

  • To promote the provision of legal advice and assistance to anyone in need of justice, irrespective of their nationality, ethnic or racial origins, colour, gender, or religious beliefs.
  • To promote the legal rights of Muslims and the availability of advice in accordance with the Shari’ah of Islam.
  • To promote research into both the Shari’ah and English law with regard to specific social, political and legal issues, and to hold seminars and publish the results of any such research.
  • To facilitate the achievement of a fair and just society by means such as increasing understanding, educating and lobbying.
  • To facilitate entry into the legal profession for men and women, and to assist them in the furtherance of their legal development.
  • To liaise and co-operate with any other individuals or organizations who are willing and able to assist in the realization of these Objectives.
  • To do all such things as shall be conducive to the attainment of the above.

Remember that quaint old idea about justice being blind?

These people sure don’t.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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