4 October 2001
The Muslim News
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Prosecute Thatcher for incitement, says Muslim News
Former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher should be prosecuted for her
defamatory and irresponsible remarks against Muslims, The Muslim News
We hope that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens stretches
existing laws on the incitement of racial hatred to include Lady
Thatcher, editor Ahmed Versi said. Her remarks were deliberate and
provocative at such a sensitive time, he said.
In an interview with The Times, published Thursday, the former Prime
Minister claimed that she had not heard enough condemnation from Muslim
priests for the September 11 attacks in the US. She further criticised
Muslims for not saying the terrorist atrocities was not the way of
It is difficult to believe that Lady Thatcher, in her position, was not
aware of extent of instant condemnations expressed by Muslim leaders and
Islamic organisations not only in British but by virtually every Muslim
country, The Muslim News editor said. Prime Minister Tony Blair and
several of his senior cabinet colleague on several occasions welcomed the
numerous statements voiced and expressions of condolences, he said. The
extent of condemnations were also highlighted in last months The Muslim
News in its headline story on the Outpouring of Muslim Grief.
Versi also questioned the timing of Lady Thatchers outburst, which
coincided with Home Secretary David Blunkett announcing plans to extend
the countrys race relations legislation to include the incitement of
religious hatred. She must be well aware that Muslims are not protected
under current laws. Sir John Stevens admitted as much last week, when he
acknowledged that it would be difficult to prosecute the backlash of abuse
suffered by Muslim since last months attacks in the US, he said.
Her remarks were not only Islamophobic, but inflammatory and deliberately
timed and we hope that the Met Police Commissioner sends her case to the
Crown Prosecution Service for action. She should not be allowed to feed
the flames against Muslims at a time when the Government and community
leaders are trying to restore calm just because she was prime minister,
The Muslim News editor said.
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