Muslim thug spared jail after he plays the religion card: NSS lodges a complaint

Muslim thug spared jail after he plays the religion card: NSS lodges a complaint February 4, 2010

WIFE of dodgy former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been reported to a judges’ watchdog group after she spared a violent thug from jail because he was “a religious man”.
The National Secular Society, according to this report, complained to the Judicial Complaints Office after Mrs Blair – a judge who is a devout Roman Catholic – suspended a six month sentence on Shamso Miah for breaking a man’s jaw in a bank.

You be the judge: is Cherie Blair completely off her trolley?
Miah, 25, broke the customer’s jaw during the violent “queue rage” attack after a row erupted about who was next.
Wrote Terry Sanderson, NSS President:

We think this is discriminatory and unjust and we wish to make a formal complaint about it. ‘The man was incredibly violent and broke someone’s jaw for no apparent reason. She [Blair] said that he would have got a six month sentence but was suspending it because he was a religious man and would know he was doing wrong, which we feel implies that a non-religious person wouldn’t know it was wrong.

The complaints office has acknowledged his letter and confirmed that it is going to investigate the case.
Sanderson added:

We strongly feel that this kind of consideration should not play any part in sentencing. The idea that someone who is religious gets a lighter sentence is outrageous.
The indications are that people are losing their religion very fast in this country, so it would disadvantage many people if they were treated more harshly in court than people who go to church.

Last month Inner London Crown Court heard how Miah left prayers at his East Ham mosque to go to a bank where he became involved in an argument with Mohammed Furcan.
Furious Miah grabbed Furcan and punched him in the face. The thug then ran outside but Furcan chased after him and demanded to know why he had been struck.
Miah punched him again – knocking him to the ground and breaking his jaw.
When he was arrested, the thug told police he had acted in self-defence. But the bank’s CCTV footage showed he was the aggressor.
The unemployed first-time offender, from Redbridge, north-east London, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Sentencing him, Mrs Blair – who practices law under her maiden name of Cherie Booth – said that violence on the streets had to be taken seriously.
She told him:

I am going to suspend this sentence for the period of two years based on the fact you are a religious person and have not been in trouble before.You caused a mild fracture to the jaw of a member of the public standing in a queue at Lloyds Bank.  You are a religious man and you know this is not acceptable behaviour.

Miah was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • rog

    I have to say BarryD You have a real talent for picking unflattering photos – Although with her it would hard not to.

  • Stonyground

    Since playing the God card allows you to be cruel to animals, discriminate on the grounds of sex or sexuality, skive at your job or wear stuff at work that other people are not allowed to and gives you privillaged access to taxpayer funded schools. Why should punching people in the gob be any different?

  • barriejohn

    What on earth gives this mad woman the idea that “religious” people have higher moral principles than “unbelievers”? All the evidence points to the contrary!

  • Tom

    The man was obviously a true believer.
    He believed that being a true believer
    he could get a lighter sentence from a Judge
    who was also a true believer who believed that
    a true believer would… etc. etc. etc.

  • Angela_K

    Great photograph Barry. Wonderful lights-on-no-one-at-home expression; makes you wonder how her god disease riddle brain allows her to function as a Barrister – clearly in this case it doesn’t.

  • I always thought, even though she was married to the slimiest shyster (waves hands and takes in strained reasoned tones with oh so perfect hair) that she was fundamentally interested in equality, fairness and the pursuit of the law in it’s purest sense.
    Now she’s just proved herself to be like most rabid religionista’s…. thinking they are better than everyone else, the guiders of morals (yeah right !!) and especially if Catholic and in a position of power the “infallibility” complex takes over.
    This is an outrage…. she should resign straight away.

  • barriejohn

    Is there any truth in the rumour that Tony Blair has been selling off unwanted items on Ebay, including this:
    One Moral Compass. New condition. Hardly used. Completely unreliable. Suit autocratic dictator or megalomaniac warmonger.

  • chrsbol

    OSAMA Bin Laden would find himself at the sharp end of a £200 fine if he was tried in a British court, Cherie Blair said last night.
    courtesy of The Mash

  • Stonyground

    We unbelievers have often been accused of having no moral compass. Rather odd then that we find our way through the moral maze so well without one. So well in fact that the religiots have a long history of following in our wake.

  • This judgement is illogical – if, as a religious man, he knew what he was doing was wrong then surely he should get a heavier sentence, not a lighter one!
    What next – give a paedophile a lighter sentence if he’s a priest?

  • Religion. The ultimate get away with anything free card.

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  • Serai

    She and Tony truly deserve one another…
    On the subject at hand though, I wonder if the victims religion is taken into consideration by this moronic woman? This is what you get when you submit to being governed by others…

  • Normand

    So Chérie Blair who is, I suppose, such an exemplary Christian, believes that those of us who don’t prostate ourselves in submission to some idiots with a god complex and act like sheep are immoral. If I remember correctly, Bush is another one who used to say that he got on his knees every night and read the bible. That says a lot. Well, like Mark Twain said: ” If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be – a Christian.” If he were alive today he would add a few other religions.

  • NeoWolfe

    Well, I don’t have all the facts, but, two years probation means if the guy does anything like that again in the next two years, he not only serves the sentence for the second offense, but the first one as well.
    This is not unusual for a clogged judicial system with overcrowded prisons. And just because the man temporarily escaped the criminal prosecution has no bearing on whether he shall escape civil litigation.
    This, in no way gives any excuse for this judge or any other to make a moral assessment of a person based on whether or not they are religious. Where was the moral compass pointed when Jim Jones (a very religious person) murdered his entire congregation??? And Marshall Applewhite??? When Jesus told people to treat others as they wanted to be treated, it was just an echo of what every freethinker feels in his conscience, and no god needs to tell us.

  • When someone of the stature of Jack of Kent has anything to say on legal matters, I sit up and take notice.
    See his comment at New Humanist.
    Food for thought!
    David B

  • valdemar

    Even before Jack of Kent gave a proper expert opinion I had a sneaking feeling she’d get away with it.
    But you could still have a great competition – find a photo of Cherie that makes her look like a sane human being that would you trust to, say, look after your goldfish while you were on your hols. No Photoshoppery allowed.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    just a quick question. what is a “mild fracture”? does it not hurt? is that why he got away with it and not because he’s religious?

  • barriejohn

    No, Graham, he “got away with it” because he was “standing in a queue at Lloyd’s Bank”! That is enough to drive even the most mild-mannered person to distraction, so Cherie should really have dismissed the case.

  • Neuseline

    Perhaps Tony is negotiating a lucrative deal for himself in an unnamed Arab country?

  • Dave

    Sack her.
    Deport him back to the middle east.

  • Wurble

    I always thought praying to your god was supposed to fill you with peace and yet this fuckwit had just come out of the mosque, imagine how angry he must have been when he went in!

  • Broga

    I wonder what Cherie Blair, the other half of the Disastrous Duo, would have handed out to an atheist?

  • barriejohn
  • Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

    If it were a Post Office queue there’d have been murder.
    “Can I have a second class stamp please?”