Friday 27 February 2015
Free Newspaper Asian News
The Asian Today Newspaper - Issue 195 Out Now View Issue 195 Online Now!
Register today for all the latest news from The Asian Today.
Where did you hear about us?
Get Your Free Copy of The Asian Today
YOUR FREE ASIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER!
Use our store finder to find out where you can pick up your local copy of The Asian Today!
WANT TO ADVERTISE? 
Advertising in The Asian Today  is a great way to promote your business. Contact our advertising team:    
sales@theasiantoday.com
Call:  0121 314 2892


Features - The Asian Today

Updated: 18:11, Wednesday December 16, 2009
        Features Feed
Locking up the Innocents
Zeenat Moosa asks where is the justice in jailing ‘model citizen’ Munir Hussain
 
THE alarming case of the Hussain brothers which played out in Reading Crown Court has caused an almost repulsive disbelief and widespread anger amongst the Asian community, with a Facebook campaign group reaching well over 6, 000 members.
Not only has it prompted renewed debate over the level of force that British house holders can impose against raiders, but it has also led many to doubt the so called justice of our country’s legal system.
Meet Munir Hussain, a trained engineer, who came to Britain in 1964 and founded a company that employs nine people and has a turnover of £2.4 million. As a former chairman of the Wycombe Race Equality Council, the 53 year old is currently chairman of the Asian Business Council and is a simple, law abiding, family orientated British citizen. .  
The businessman was returning to his High Wycombe home with his wife and children in September last year to be confronted by three masked knife-wielding burglars. Accompanied by his brother Tokeer, Hussain managed to chase the burglars away, savagely beating up one, Walid Salem.
You would be forgiven for thinking, despite reacting in the red mist of his anger, that Hussain was the victim and that the law would recognise that too. 
Yet in court, this was far from so. Despite praising Hussain for his “courage” in defending his wife and three children from an attack Judge John Reddihough was quick to, rather infuriatingly, immediately slap on a 30 month jail sentence with brother Tokeer being sentenced to 39 months for their violent response. Yet what is even more exasperating is the fact that the intruder, Salem, a serial criminal with more than 50 previous convictions was sparred jail, and was, furiously, deemed as being the victim.
Sending the Hussains to prison was a disgrace to our once renowned and respected legal system. The severity of Salems injuries meant he was unfit to plead at court and for that, having been convicted, I have no issue with the fact that both brothers should have to be punished. But was a jail term surely that necessary? It is not only bizarre, but increasingly worrying how the authorities seem to cherish punishing people who are not a threat to society. How likely are the Hussains to re offend again in comparison to repeat offender, Salem? Would not a suspended sentence, or probation, have sufficed?
Judge Reddihough has caused nothing but sheer embarrassment and furore. Thanks to his misguided decision, our legal system, which prides itself in achieving justice, should now hang its head in shame for treating two utterly decent men in this way. In defending his ludicrous decision, Reddihough said it was his "public duty" to imprison them. Well, he should feel no duty towards me nor, I imagine, towards millions of other British law abiding citizens!
If Judge Reddihough is so concerned about his public duty then I would urge him to perhaps connect himself more with the general public. In passing sentence, he warned that people must not take the law into their own hands. I entirely agree. But I would urge the Judge to perhaps put himself in the position of Mr. Hussain. If his home was invaded, his possession stolen and his family threatened with death, I think we all agree that, at the moment of sheer panic, fear and anger, the phrase "I must not take the law into my own hands" would not be foremost in his mind. It certainly wouldn’t be on mine.
Salem had a choice about whether to go and burgle the Hussains' house. Mr Hussain had none about whether to become his victim. If we are to live in the idealised civilised society which Judge Reddihough depicted in this case, then maybe the authorities should do more to bring the true criminals to justice.
Today, Salem’s two accomplices remain free, no doubt committing endless crimes. Other than punishing an innocent man, Judge Reddihough has nothing other than make himself look like an idiot, make the mockery of the system as a whole and help increase this countries already soaring criminal rates.
 
Zeenat Moosa is a freelance writer based in Birmingham

Comments

Latest Stories

SHAKTI
Raising Awareness Around Alzheimers
Reviving The Muslim Community
Op-ed by Dr Qari Muhammad Asim MBE
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from all at The Asian Today
Stigmatising the Stigma
Raising Awareness of HIV in the Asian Community
Christmas Design Inspiration
Dining Room Design Ideas By Interior Designer Kiran Singh
The Village With The Gun
Remembering the Soldiers of the First World War, 100 years on
A Place Called Home
Worrying Decline of Ethnic Minority Adopters and the Impact on Children
Who is Malala Yousafzai?
A Heroic Advocate or A Traitorous Puppet?
Lest We Forget
Exploring the South Asian Contribution to the Great War
JAZZ UP YOUR HOME THIS DIWALI
By Kiran Singh

More Features From The Asian Today


Entertainment

Asian Entertainment - Hard Hitting New Movie on Dark Subject of Honour Killings
25/02/2015
‘Honour Killing’
Delving unflinchingly into subject matter that previous filmmakers and narrators have av...
Asian Entertainment - Star is Latest Ambassador for Prince Charles's Charity
24/02/2015
Coronation Street's Sair Khan Joins British Asian Trust
Coronation Street actress Sair Khan joins One Direction’s Zayn Malik, music produc...
Asian Entertainment - Cast to Reunite for one-off Episode
16/02/2015
Goodness Gracious Me!
After their successful reunion in 2014 the original cast from the award winning sketch s...
Asian Entertainment - Billionaire Sanjay Hinduja Marries
16/02/2015
The £20 million Wedding
With more than 200 private jets chartering guests to a palace and up to 16,000 people in...

Interviews

Asian Interviews - Dr, Cheron Byfield Presents Birmingham's Upcoming Free Christian School
18/02/2015
King Solomon International Business School
Birmingham will see the opening of a new free Christian school, King Solomon Internation...
Asian Interviews - A Buddy Cop Comedy with a Positive Message
12/02/2015
Omar Regan presents 'American Sharia'!
Muslim comedian Omar Regan unveils his new film American Sharia, an action comedy that l...
Asian Interviews - The Husband and Wife Team Taking the Radio World by Storm!
12/02/2015
Sunny and Shay, A Day in the Life
Sunny and Shay Grewal have come a long way since their television debut on the Channel 4...
Asian Interviews - The Star of Hit Stage Show 'East is East' Shares His Experience
09/02/2015
Ashley Kumar goes East!
East is East has become a classic in British Asian cinema. The story of Pakistani chip s...

News

Asian News - Fire Breaks out in Leicester Sikh Temple Where Hundreds were Evacuated
25/02/2015
Sikh Temple Fire
A fire broke out in a city centre Sikh Temple, hundreds of people were evacuated from th...
Asian News - Event Declares Women are the Best Weapon against Extremism
24/02/2015
Protecting Our Children
A group of women have met in Birmingham to discuss ways of how they can fight extremism....
Asian News - Charity Urges Women to Get Registered
24/02/2015
Divorce Warnings Over Religious Marriages
A campaign group in Birmingham is warning thousands of Muslim women that they will have ...
Asian News - Drug Addict Torches Ulfah Arts Centre Hours after Release from Prison
23/02/2015
A Devastating Arson
Former prison convict Leon Smythe set fire to a Birmingham arts centre causing over &pou...

Sport

Asian Sport - Moeen Ali Named Sportsman of the Year
25/02/2015
Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sport Awards 2015
On Saturday night, some of the most successful sports personalities graced the red carpe...
Asian Sport - Debut Team Fall to Tigers who Take First Win
18/02/2015
Afghanistan Make History in WC Appearance
When Bangladesh slumped to 119 for 4 in the 30th over, Afghanistan w...
Asian Sport - Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien Hit Big Fifties
16/02/2015
Ireland Take Memorable Win Against West Indies
The sun shone brightly on Saxton Oval and fearless Ireland on a day that will be remembe...
Asian Sport - Beat Pakistan By 74 Runs
16/02/2015
Highflying India Take Out Rivals
The Adelaide Oval, packed and vibrant as it savoured cricket’s most colourf...