Our British correspondent DF sends these brief notes about a talented new culturally enriched star of the Labour Party’s shadow government:
On 8 October the Labour Party appointed a new shadow cabinet. The new Shadow Justice Minister is one Sadiq Khan.
Here are some interesting facts about him:
He has been exposed three times for fiddling his expenses, even after the public outcry last year.
Five members of Khan’s family and various clients belonged to fundamentalist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Something he called “irrelevant” and “trivial”.
He got the bent copper Ali Dizaei off the hook. Dizaei was later jailed in Wandsworth Prison, in Khan’s own constituency.
Did you know Khan tried to join the defence team of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted of the 9/11 attacks? The US government refused him clearance. As they did over a Guantanamo suspect’s trial.
Did you know Khan voted for post office closures at 7pm in Parliament and spoke out against closures at 8pm in a public meeting in his constituency?
Or that he stated on Question Time that he wasn’t a Muslim but an Agnostic?
But that he gave a lecture to the Fabian Society entitled ‘Being a British Muslim’?
Mr. Khan met with a constituent named Babar Ahmad “while the latter was held on remand in HMP Woodhill pending extradition proceedings to the US for allegedly running a website that raised funds for the Taleban in the 1990s.”
From the Times Online (4 Feb. 2008):
Mr Khan’s constituents may take another view on whether Babar Ahmad is worth this investment. As a former chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain’s legal committee, Mr Khan remains the most Islamist-friendly of MPs. Compared with other Labour Muslim MPs – such as Khalid Mahmood – he has too often catered to the “victim mentality” in the community.
And from The Sun (6 Feb. 2008):
Mr Khan later defended extremists and Brits held in Guantanamo Bay.
Last year it was revealed that five members of his family belonged to fundamental group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that [then Justice Secretary Jack] Straw knew on December 14 of concerns over Mr Khan’s jail visits to another terror suspect.
It looks like we now have an Islamist just one step away from being Justice Minister.
Talk about the fox in the chicken coop.