Tuesday 25 February 2014


Blimey. They’re reporting the arrest of Moazzam Begg. That brings back memories.
Remember Gita Sahgal?
“I have no doubt that history will vindicate Gita Sahgal in her decision to challenge Amnesty International over its relationship with former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and his organisation Cage Prisoners.
She has now left her job, as The Times reports today. This will be a great loss to Amnesty, which has lost a deeply respected figure in international human rights, especially in the field of women’s rights and the threat of authoritarian Islam. I can’t really better Oliver Kamm’s analysis of how damaging this is for Amnesty:"Its critics charge that it has diluted its defence of universal human rights by allying with a group that rejects that principle. By its treatment of Ms Sahgal, and its grudging and euphemistic explanation for its behaviour, Amnesty has confirmed that the critics are right."You can read Gita’s full statement at Harry’s Place here.If she feels a little isolated at the moment, she should seek solace in the fact that the case has become  a rallying point for anti-totalitarians in Britain and around the world.”
Martin Bright April 2010 Spectator.

Let’s break out the popcorn and switch on the TV ?


  1. This is the most interesting news story I've read since the recently released-as-innocent George Davis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Davis_(robber) was rearrested for armed robbery, thereby making total fools of all those who'd initially campaigned for his release, or cast doubts on his guilt.

    1. And those who vigorously protested the innocence of Simon Hall for murdering a 79-year old window in 2003, including the BBC's 'Rough Justice', before being humiliated when Hall confessed his guilt last year.

      There's been a development in this story in recent days though, which I discovered just a few seconds ago whilst writing this comment. Hall committed suicide two days ago.

    2. We can but hope Mozzy draws the appropriate lesson from this!


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