Islamist law firm?

#1
From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,2124215,00.html

The judge called for a review of the law governing trials in the light of two defendants who attempted to "cynically manipulate" the court process and extended the length of the trial by months.

Also singled out for criticism by the judge was the law firm Arani and Co, which represented Ibrahim and Omar. Mudassar Arani, the lawyer who started the firm, was also criticised during the trial by one of the defence barristers. Mr Justice Fulford said that the firm had launched "a relentless and blistering attack" on the staff at Belmarsh prison, claiming that they had been to blame for the late service of defence statements.

"I consider these complaints to be wholly unjustified," said the judge.

Ms Arani, who has represented a number of other defendants in terror cases, including the cleric Abu Hamza, was in court to hear the judge's words. She declined to comment on any of the criticisms as she left court."
From their website, here: http://www.aranisolicitors.com/front.html

We deal with criminal, family, civil cases, and proceedings against the police. We undertake national and international work in order to assist in the abuses taking place as a result of the so called alleged war on Terror.

We deal with numerous high profile and complex cases, as is reported in the press continuously.
We have a wealth of experience in dealing with anti-terrorism cases; we represented Sulayman Zain-ul-abidin the first Muslim to be charged, tried and acquitted after September 11th in the UK.

We also represented Sheikh Abu Hamza in the Finsbury Park mosque and when he was arrested under the Terrorism Act, we are still representing Sheikh Abu Hamza in respect of the novel provisions under the Immigration and Nationality Asylum Act 2002 whereby he is the first person to be deprived of his British Nationality.

We are also representing Sheikh Abu Hamza in respect of his Extradition case which is the first case of its kind under the new Extradition Act 2003.

We are representing a British detainee being held in Guantanamo Bay.

We are instructed by the family of Asif Hanif (alleged suicide bomber) to represent their son.

We have also appeared in the media as an expert/commentator on issues relating to terrorism and the Muslim community.We are authors of a ‘Know Your Rights’ leaflet published by the Islamic Human Rights Commission as shown on Panorama, which has been distributed widely amongst the Muslim community since the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 came into force which informs individuals of their rights under extended police stop and search powers.

We have also produced the second leaflet "Know your Rights part 11" high lighting the concerns relating to Schedule 7 Of Terrorism Act 2000 & Immigration Nationality and Asylum Act 2002 section 40.We have been a tireless advocate of civil liberties over many years. We have spent the last few years in particular working with a deeply disenfranchised community that has come under intense scrutiny and harassment i.e. the British Muslim community.
Thoughts, anyone? Not just 'Muslims are cnuts' please.
 
#3
We also represented Sheikh Abu Hamza in the Finsbury Park mosque and when he was arrested under the Terrorism Act, we are still representing Sheikh Abu Hamza in respect of the novel provisions under the Immigration and Nationality Asylum Act 2002 whereby he is the first person to be deprived of his British Nationality.
They keep loesing cases then? A bit of bad advertising when you have to quote your failures.
 
#4
Seems like they are defending the indefensible and getting away with it for the most part. Probably have the idea that these laws are just another way to marginilise and criminilse islam.

Doesn't seem to matter to them that these sought to deprive other people of their civil liberties by brining them death and pain.

Ahh well the perpatrator has always had more rights than the victim because of people like this
 
#5
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/06/narani106.xml

The law firm which represents Abu Hamza, the Muslim cleric jailed for inciting murder, has been paid more than £1.1 million in legal aid in the last two years and its earnings in the last five years have totalled nearly £2 million.

The £1.1 million includes just over £500,000 earned from the public purse in the seven months to October last year.

However, it does not include any money earned by Arani & Co in defending Hamza - who was jailed at the Old Bailey last year in a case where the firm is claiming more than £1 million.

Arani & Co is headed by a woman Muslim solicitor, Muddassar Arani, who has emerged in recent years as one of the principal lawyers working on behalf of alleged jihadi Islamic extremist terrorists.

The firm proclaims on its website that it carries out “national and international work in order to assist in the abuses taking place as a result of the so called alleged war on Terror.”

It makes clear its view that Muslims are harrassed and victimised.

It was paid £506,466 by the Legal Services Commission (LSC), which handles legal aid, from 1 April 2006 to 31 Oct 2006.

In the financial year to 31 March 2006 it was paid £625,883.

Over the previous four years it received around £809,000 in legal aid, indicating the scale of growth in Miss Arani’s earnings in the last two years [i.e. 2004-6].
 
#6
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article2056476.ece

A solicitor who has built up a lucrative practice specialising in terrorist cases could face a police investigation after the 21/7 trial.

Mudassar Arani, who defended three of the failed suicide bombers convicted on Monday, was accused in open court of attempting to bribe another solicitor’s client.

The court also heard an allegation that her firm Arani & Co had smuggled papers into prison to influence that suspect’s defence case.

The Times has learnt that police are considering investigating Miss Arani on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority confirmed yesterday that it was aware of the allegations against Miss Arani but believed they were first and foremost a matter for the police to investigate. A spokesman said: “We are monitoring the situation.”

The 21/7 jury was told that the solicitor had sent £650 in cash gifts to Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, one of the other defendants who was not her client. The jury failed to reach a verdict against him and he will learn today if he faces a retrial.

On the occasion of Eid, an important Muslim festival, she allegedly sent Mr Asiedu a card containing £50 which was signed “lots of love Mudassar Arani”.

Stephen Kamlish, QC, Mr Asiedu’s defence counsel, told the jury that the money amounted to “a disgraceful and sinister act . . . which you may conclude was purely and simply a series of bribes”.

Arani & Co, the solicitor’s firm that earned £2 million in legal aid fees over the past five years, was also accused of smuggling a typed document to Mr Asiedu inside Belmarsh prison, southeast London, suggesting changes to his defence case statement.

Mr Kamlish said that this action was “a disgraceful and criminal attempt to pervert the course of justice”.
 
#7
Rumpelstiltskin said:
From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,2124215,00.html

The judge called for a review of the law governing trials in the light of two defendants who attempted to "cynically manipulate" the court process and extended the length of the trial by months.

Also singled out for criticism by the judge was the law firm Arani and Co, which represented Ibrahim and Omar. Mudassar Arani, the lawyer who started the firm, was also criticised during the trial by one of the defence barristers. Mr Justice Fulford said that the firm had launched "a relentless and blistering attack" on the staff at Belmarsh prison, claiming that they had been to blame for the late service of defence statements.

"I consider these complaints to be wholly unjustified," said the judge.

Ms Arani, who has represented a number of other defendants in terror cases, including the cleric Abu Hamza, was in court to hear the judge's words. She declined to comment on any of the criticisms as she left court."

Not mentioned in this report but highlighted in last nights TV news, was also their use of a £600 'bung' to endeavour to persuade one of the defendants to 'adjust' his evidence.
I trust that our legal system will pursue that little matter with the appropriate standards department.
 
#8
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article2056476.ece

A solicitor who has built up a lucrative practice specialising in terrorist cases could face a police investigation after the 21/7 trial.

Mudassar Arani, who defended three of the failed suicide bombers convicted on Monday, was accused in open court of attempting to bribe another solicitor’s client.

The court also heard an allegation that her firm Arani & Co had smuggled papers into prison to influence that suspect’s defence case.

The Times has learnt that police are considering investigating Miss Arani on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority confirmed yesterday that it was aware of the allegations against Miss Arani but believed they were first and foremost a matter for the police to investigate. A spokesman said: “We are monitoring the situation.”

The 21/7 jury was told that the solicitor had sent £650 in cash gifts to Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, one of the other defendants who was not her client. The jury failed to reach a verdict against him and he will learn today if he faces a retrial.

On the occasion of Eid, an important Muslim festival, she allegedly sent Mr Asiedu a card containing £50 which was signed “lots of love Mudassar Arani”.

Stephen Kamlish, QC, Mr Asiedu’s defence counsel, told the jury that the money amounted to “a disgraceful and sinister act . . . which you may conclude was purely and simply a series of bribes”.

Arani & Co, the solicitor’s firm that earned £2 million in legal aid fees over the past five years, was also accused of smuggling a typed document to Mr Asiedu inside Belmarsh prison, southeast London, suggesting changes to his defence case statement.

Mr Kamlish said that this action was “a disgraceful and criminal attempt to pervert the course of justice”.
The police are considering CONSIDERING FFS, its clearly a matter for the bar council and the CPS as these actions are clearly an attempt too Pervet the Course of Justice


What is the CPS waiting for and why did'nt the Judge order an investigation into these matters once they where brought up in open court.
 
#9
"We undertake national and international work in order to assist in the abuses taking place as a result of the so called alleged war on Terror."

I have checked this against their web site and it is correct, are they then suggesting that they are aiding abuses taking place?

Seriously I think Old Bill and The Law Society might have been looking at this firm before if memory serves, unfortunately I cannot recall details
 
#10
bob_lawlaw said:
Rumpelstiltskin said:
From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,2124215,00.html

The judge called for a review of the law governing trials in the light of two defendants who attempted to "cynically manipulate" the court process and extended the length of the trial by months.

Also singled out for criticism by the judge was the law firm Arani and Co, which represented Ibrahim and Omar. Mudassar Arani, the lawyer who started the firm, was also criticised during the trial by one of the defence barristers. Mr Justice Fulford said that the firm had launched "a relentless and blistering attack" on the staff at Belmarsh prison, claiming that they had been to blame for the late service of defence statements.

"I consider these complaints to be wholly unjustified," said the judge.

Ms Arani, who has represented a number of other defendants in terror cases, including the cleric Abu Hamza, was in court to hear the judge's words. She declined to comment on any of the criticisms as she left court."

Not mentioned in this report but highlighted in last nights TV news, was also their use of a £600 'bung' to endeavour to persuade one of the defendants to 'adjust' his evidence.
I trust that our legal system will pursue that little matter with the appropriate standards department.
I read about that, didn't she also send it in a 'card' saying 'with love'?

If I was an Islamic terrorist caught in the act, last thing I would have on my defence team is legal representation that has well know ties with defending radical islamists and losing most of the cases as well.
 
#11
And as for £650 bung and the smuggling of papers into prison, action surely has to be taken if not for criminal action then for professional misconduct, bringing profession into disrepute etc
 
#13
She should be struck off and face a lengthy sentence for perverting the course of justice.

Under the proceeds of crime act she should also be made repay all the funds that she got for free legal aid.

If this was a male, white solicitor, he would be locked up by now, Justice may be blind but she can smell sh!t!
 
#14
romach said:
She should be struck off and face a lengthy sentence for perverting the course of justice.

Under the proceeds of crime act she should also be made repay all the funds that she got for free legal aid.

If this was a male, white solicitor, he would be locked up by now, Justice may be blind but she can smell sh!t!
Speaking of which, anyone know her address so I can post her some?
 

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