Thursday, November 16, 2006

Justice for Mirza

Regular readers will know my views on the death penalty, so I was mightily relieved to learn that the death sentence imposed on British-born Mirza Tahir Hussain by an Islamic court in Pakistan has been commuted to life imprisonment.

This is almost certainly down to the recent intervention of the Prince of Wales, demonstrating that he has his uses in spite of the predictable sniping about him from those who seem to think now would be a good time to start dispensing with British traditions.

But a special mention should also go to Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads for this piece, entitled Bloody Darkies, highlighting the initial failure of the British press to report Mirza's plight.

It is probably the best piece of online journalism I have read on any blog over the past 12 months.

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3 comments:

G Eagle Esq said...

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Dear Paul

Have you (or has anyone) any thoughts or knowledge about the man whom Mr Hussain killed ?

It is interesting how the victims of homicides (to use a neutral expression) seem to be ignored

Your obedient servant etc

G E

Paul Linford said...

So far as I am aware, he was a taxi driver who attempted to subject Mr Hussain to a homosexual assault in the back of his cab. There was then a struggle during which the taxi driver was killed, apparently in self-defence.

G Eagle Esq said...

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Dear Paul

This seems to be the account reportedly given by Mr Hussain

Is there any evidence for this account from anyone, other than Mr Hussain ??

Your obedient servant etc

G E