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Man Who Attacked Muslim Worshippers With Car In Finsbury Park Jailed For Life

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Darren Osborne in the witness box with Defence barrister Lisa Wilding QC (right) at Woolwich Crown Court in London© PA Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Darren Osborne in the witness box with Defence barrister Lisa Wilding QC (right) at Woolwich Crown Court in London

 

The daughter of a man killed in the Finsbury Park terror attack said her heart had been shattered by a “narrow-minded, heartless being” as he was jailed for a minimum of 43 years.

Darren Osborne, 48, was yesterday found guilty of deliberately mowing down worshippers near two mosques on June 19 last year, killing Makram Ali, 51, and injuring 12 others. He was handed a life sentence this afternoon.

Handout still from CCTV dated 19/06/2017 issued by the Metropolitan Police showing Darren Osborne driving at worshippers in Seven Sisters.© PA Handout still from CCTV dated 19/06/2017 issued by the Metropolitan Police showing Darren Osborne driving at worshippers in Seven Sisters.

 

In a statement, one of Mr Ali’s six children, Ruzina Akhtar, said the image of her dead father would stay with her. She said: “My heart was shattered when I saw my father lying in the morgue.”

Osborne, a father of four from Cardiff, rented a van and drove to London looking for Muslims to kill after becoming radicalised in weeks.

Killed in the attack: Makram Ali             © PA Killed in the attack: Makram Ali

Today Woolwich crown court heard how he had a criminal record spanning 30 years, from 1984 to 2014, and had appeared in court 33 times for 102 offences.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said the alcoholic had a history of drugs, theft, fraud, burglary and “kindred offences”, as well as nine offences “against the person”, including assault.

Handout still from CCTV dated 17/6/2017 issued by the Metropolitan Police of Darren Osborne at a bar of a public house on the outskirts of Cardiff.© PA Handout still from CCTV dated 17/6/2017 issued by the Metropolitan Police of Darren Osborne at a bar of a public house on the outskirts of Cardiff.

He first appeared in court aged 15 and in 2006, aged 36, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Most recently, in 2014, aged 44, he was convicted of theft, attempted theft and shoplifting in South Wales.

In her statement to court, Ms Akhtar said her mother feared being targeted because of her religion. She said: “My mum is scared to go out by herself in case she is attacked because she is visibly a Muslim who wears a headscarf.”

File photo dated 19/06/17 of local people observing prayers at Finsbury Park in north London.© PA File photo dated 19/06/17 of local people observing prayers at Finsbury Park in north London.

Mr Ali’s two sons are 13 and 14 years old, the court heard. Ms Akhtar said: “They will now grow up without the help and support of their father. Without his guidance and assistance.”

She said her father would “never be forgotten”, adding: “His laugh will echo the walls of our home and his smile will be reflected in our eyes. His memory will be in our conversation.”

File photo dated 19/06/17 of a forensic tent next to a van in Finsbury Park, north London.© PA File photo dated 19/06/17 of a forensic tent next to a van in Finsbury Park, north London.

He “lived without any enemies” and never hurt or upset anyone, she said.

She added: “His life was taken in a cruel way by a very narrow-minded, heartless being.”

File photo dated 19/06/17 of a police officer at Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park in north London.© PA File photo dated 19/06/17 of a police officer at Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park in north London.

Mr Rees said Osborne’s victims had suffered “flashbacks, fear of going out onto the street” and had lost confidence since the attack. The prosecutor put forward two people to be publicly commended — Detective Sergeant Kevin Martin and the imam of Muslim Welfare House, Mohammed Mahmoud, who saved Osborne from being attacked.

The killer became obsessed with Muslims after watching the BBC drama Three Girls, about the Rochdale grooming scandal, in May last year and was angered by what he deemed as inaction after a series of UK terror attacks.

The scene after the attack in Finsbury Park last June          © PA The scene after the attack in Finsbury Park last June

He immersed himself in far-Right propaganda, reading posts by English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, before carrying out the attack.

In court he spoke of his desire to kill Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor Sadiq Khan. Osborne denied murder, claiming another man called “Dave” had been driving the van in what prosecutors said was an “absurd” defence. The jury agreed, and took less than an hour to find him guilty of murder and attempted murder.

Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Darren Osborne, 48, of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff© PA Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Darren Osborne, 48, of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff

Lisa Wilding QC, in mitigation, said: “This defendant appears to have become radicalised in a short period of time. The hateful rhetoric espoused by this defendant in the summer of last year appears to have become suddenly upon him.”

As she sentenced Osborne to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 43 years, Mrs Justice Bobbie Cheema-Grubb said he had been “convicted after overwhelming evidence by a jury who saw through your pathetic last-ditch attempt to deceive them.”

File photo dated 19/06/17 of a police officers near Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park in north London.© PA File photo dated 19/06/17 of a police officers near Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park in north London.

She added: “This was a terror attack. This was a murder done for the purpose of advancing a political, racial or ideological cause.”

No 10 said Theresa May wanted internet companies to go “further and faster” to remove extremist or terrorist content.

File photo of The Prince of Wales during a visit to Muslim Welfare House to meet members of the local community after the terror attack at Finsbury Park© PA File photo of The Prince of Wales during a visit to Muslim Welfare House to meet members of the local community after the terror attack at Finsbury Park

Writing in the Standard today, Home Secretary Amber Rudd warned aspiring far-Right terrorists that they would “face the full force of the law” as she promised stronger action to protect Muslims and others.  (Evening Standard)

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Arab Ministers Demand Trump Rescind Jerusalem Decision |The Republican News

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          President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. 

 

Arab foreign ministers on Saturday called on the United States to rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and for the international community to recognise a Palestinian state.

In a resolution after an emergency meeting in Cairo, Arab League member ministers said that the United States had “withdrawn itself as a sponsor and broker” of the Israel Palestinian peace process with its controversial move.

The ministers met at the league’s headquarters in Cairo to formulate a response to the US decision, which has been roundly criticised in the Arab world and internationally.

The move by US President Donald Trump is “denounced and condemned,” Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit told the ministers at the beginning of the meeting.

The ministers agreed on “demanding that the United States rescind its decision on Jerusalem…and the calling on the international community to recognise the state of Palestine…with east Jerusalem as its capital.”

They also said they would head to the United Nations Security Council for a resolution condemning the US decision as a violation of international law.

The decision has sparked protests and clashes in Palestinian territories since Trump announced the decision on Wednesday which drew criticism from every other member of the UN Security Council at an emergency meeting on Friday.

Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas has cancelled a scheduled meeting the US Vice President Mike Pence in Ramallah later this month.

In Egypt, which Pence will also visit, the country’s top Muslim and Christian clerics have both cancelled scheduled meetings with Pence in protest at the decision.

There have been fears of a much larger escalation of violence after Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group both renewed that call on Saturday.

Abbas’s Fatah organisation urged Palestinians to “keep up confrontation and broaden it to all points where the Israeli army is present” in the West Bank.

Israel seized Arab east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

The Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

The international community does not recognise the ancient city as Israel’s capital, insisting the issue can only be resolved in negotiations.

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Women Should Not Share Inheritance Equitably With Men, Says Sultan |The Republican News

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu  Abubakar, on Tuesday, said women should not share inheritance equally with men.

He also hailed the Federal Government and the Nigerian Army for the capture of the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram terrorists.

The Sultan made the commendation in Gusau at the closing ceremony of the 20th Zamfara State annual Qur’anic recitation competition.

Abubakar said that the capture of the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram was a great success.

“We are happy to hear this good news. We are, therefore, calling on the Nigerian Army not to relent in its efforts in combating Boko Haram,” he said.

He called on Muslims to continue to pray for peaceful coexistence in the country, adding that Muslims should cooperate with all the tiers of government to move the country forward.

The royal father called on political office holders to ensure fairness and transparency in implementing projects for the development of the people, particularly at the grass-roots level.

On the bill before the senate seeking equality in inheritance, the Sultan said that the bill was against Islamic religion and, therefore, unacceptable to Muslims.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bill is seeking equality for male and female children in the sharing of inherited family wealth or property.

The bill also proposes that a widow is entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interest and welfare of the children.

The bill also seeks that a widow shall have the right to remarry any man of her choice and should have the right to a fair share in the inheritance of her late husband’s property and the right to live in her matrimonial house.

The Sultan said: “Our religion is our total way of life; therefore, we will not accept any move to change what Allah permitted us to do.

“Islam is a peaceful religion; we have been living peacefully with Christians and followers of other religions in this country. Therefore, we should be allowed to perform our religion effectively.”

He called on the senate to not consider the bill because of its religious implications.

In his remarks, the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, gave the assurance that the state government would continue to support the Qur’anic recitation competition. (Punchng.com)

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Buhari, Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Listed Among Most Powerful Muslims |The Republican News

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been named among the top 50 most influential Muslim leaders in the world.

According to the 2017 edition of The Muslim500, an annual report of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims, President Buhari is the 17th most powerful Muslim in 2016. Last year, he was the 20th most influential Muslim.

Among the top 50 list are two other Nigerians, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III, and a Borno State-Islamic cleric, Sheik Ibrahim Saleh.

The Sultan and Saleh retained their previous ranking, 22nd and 38th respectively.

Also listed were Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Nigeria, and Abubakar Shekau, leader of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Other Nigerians who made the list of most influential 500 Muslims in the world included Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, Prince Bola Ajibola, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, and Abdurahman Olanrewaju Ahmad.

The publication noted that there were 1.7 billion Muslims all over the world, making up approximately 23 per cent of the world’s population, or one-fifth of the world.

It stated that Buhari and his compatriots were listed among the world’s 50 most powerful Muslim leaders because of their influence on “cultural, ideological, financial and political” activities. (Punchng.com)

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