Tuesday 6 October 2015
Free Newspaper Asian News
The Asian Today Newspaper - Issue 202 Out Now View Issue 202 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
Use our store finder to find out where you can pick up your local copy of The Asian Today!
Advertising in The Asian Today  is a great way to promote your business. Contact our advertising team:    
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


Latest Stories

10 Things You Should Know About The Religious Holiday
Do We Have an Integration Problem?
Public Responds to David Cameron’s Speech
The Fight for Freedom
68 Years on and the Struggle to Belong is Passed on to British Asians
International Friendship Day
Overwhelming Generosity Among Migrant Communities
The Festivity of Eid Begins…
Celebrities Look Back on Fasting Month
The Month of Mercy
Gaurav’s New Lease of Life
Sunny Bains Sits Down with The Asian Today To Talk Family Life
Happy Vaisakhi from all at The Asian Today
Find Out Why Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi
Priya's Shakti
How One Rape Survivor is Challenging India’s Sexual Violence Problem
Making It Happen
Asian Women Mark Their Place in History

More Features From The Asian Today


Asian Entertainment - EastEnders Actress Becomes New Patron
Rakhee’s Rainbow
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People – which provides care and support f...
Asian Entertainment - Actress Launches Her First Single Titled ‘The Teddy Bear Song’
Music Debut for Kanika Kapoor
After crooning back to back super hit songs in Bollywood films, Kanika Kapoor launched h...
Asian Entertainment - Watch Imran Khan get his heart broken by Kangana in this quirky love story
Katti Batti
Brace yourself for a love story with a twist, 'Katti Batti', a roller coaster ride of em...
Asian Entertainment - Trailer Gets Good Audience Reaction
A big fat “Shaandaar” Indian wedding, which is actually a ...


Asian Interviews - Bollywood Actress Talks About Her Experience As The Lead in 'Katti Batti'
Kangana Ranaut Interview
How did you feel playing such an emotional character, like Payal in Katti Batti?" ...
Asian Interviews - The Bollywood Actor Talks About His Role In Katti Batti
Imran Khan Interview
Your last release Gori Tere Pyaar Mein released in 2013. Why has there been an extended ...
Asian Interviews - Director of 'Katti Batti' talks about the quirky Bollywood love story
Nikhil Advani Interview
How is Katti Batti different from Hero, both of his movies which are releasing back-to b...
Asian Interviews - New Show is a Storm
The Surj Kumar Show
DesiXpress caught up with our very own entertainment correspondent to talk about his new...


Asian News - Raj Kaur receives the ‘Pride of Birmingham 2015’ Community Champion Award
Listeners of BBC WM vote Raj Kaur as winner of Community Champion
The Pride of Birmingham Awards 2015 were held at the Town Hall on Friday, October 2 for ...
Asian News - Pink Ladoo Campaign Encourages Celebration of Female Birth
Equality Is Sweet
The long-standing South Asian tradition of celebrating the birth of boys by distr...
Asian News - Over 10,000 Attend Annual Event
National Sikh Convention 2015
Over 10,000 Sikhs attended the Annual National Sikh Convention organised over the weeken...
Asian News - Mailbox’s New Indian Restaurant
Launch of Vivaanta
The good, the great and the glamourous were out in force last night for the official pre...


Asian Sport - Big Names Agree for Inaugural Tournament
UAE Confirmed for PSL
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will...
Asian Sport - Shattering Pre-Conceptions About Women and Girl’s Football
We Can Play
    Last weekend as I gazed across the Canadian football pitches, home to Sout...
Asian Sport - Shortlist Unveiled
Asian Cricket Awards 2015
It has been another remarkable season for British Asians in cricket.   Moeen Ali ...
Asian Sport - BYSA to Invest in Future Projects
Cash Boost for Sports Academy
A local sports charity is celebrating after securing funding from a community fund. Bi...