Sister defends Atif Siddique on Bebo
Ayesha Siddique has turned to the social networking site Bebo to campaign in support of her brother Mohammed Atif Siddique. Atif was jailed for 8 years at Edinburgh High Court in October for “terrorism” offences connected to his use of the internet. Following media interest, the Bebo page has been made “Friends only”. Full report in today’s Scotsman. http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1928872007.
Atif denies being a terrorist and will be appealing against his conviction.
Atif is innocent! If he was suspected of real crime he would have been charged under real laws. Instead he was charged and convicted under Britain’s controversial terrorism laws, which appear to have been deliberately drafted to allow police and prosecutors to make the law up as they go along. And even under these alarming laws, it took an unfair trial to secure a conviction.
Atif’s brother Asif Siddique will coming to SACC’s regular monthly planning meeting TONIGHT to talk informally about his family’s experiences.
The meeting will also be discussing the next steps in the campaign to defend lawyer Aamer Anwar, who is facing contempt of court charges because he spoke out on behalf of Mohammed Atif Siddique. The Defend Aamer Anwar blog was launched yesterday – visit http://defendaamer.wordpress.com/
Whatever you think about the Siddique case, if you care about freedom of speech, if you care about the right of lawyers to represent clients that the government wants to see in jail, if you want to do something about it, please come along to our Edinburgh meeting.
All kinds of people – former prisoners like Paddy Hill and Moazzam Begg, lawyers like Gareth Peirce, political giants like Tony Benn, and many, many ordinary people have given their support to Aamer Anwar. Please join them by coming to the meeting.
All supporters and friends of our campaign are welcome.
7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh
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