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    Assalamu alaikum, 4 October 2001 The Muslim News News and Views of Muslims in the United Kingdom PO Box 380, Harrow, Middlesex HA2 6LL, United Kingdom. Tel:
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      4 October 2001
      The Muslim News
      News and Views of Muslims in the United Kingdom
      PO Box 380, Harrow, Middlesex HA2 6LL, United Kingdom.
      Tel: +44 (020) 7608 2822, Mobile: 077 68 241325, Fax: +44 (020) 7608 1232
      E-mail: ahmed.versi@... Website: http://www.muslimnews.co.uk

      PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE

      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
      said Thursday.

      “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
      Islam.”

      “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 month’s The Muslim
      News in its headline story on the “Outpouring of Muslim Grief.”

      Versi also questioned the timing of Lady Thatcher’s outburst, which
      coincided with Home Secretary David Blunkett announcing plans to extend
      the country’s 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 month’s 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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