Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sadiq’s Jihadi Buddy Banged Up

Sadiq Khan’s childhood friend Babar Ahmad has been sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison in the US for providing material support to the Taliban. Ahmad confessed to helping the Taliban and Chechen mujahideen by using websites to raise money and recruit terrorists, at a time when the Taliban were harbouring Osama bin Laden. Hansard quotes Sadiq Khan on 12 July 2006 as saying:

“… Babar Ahmad should be presumed innocent until he is found guilty. Moreover, he is in fact innocent, as I shall explain later.”

How did that work out?

Readers will remember how Khan supported Ahmad for years, even earning the praise of his sister, who called him a “wonderful supporter”. Not to mention Khan’s refusal to come clean about his conflicting accounts of his relationship with Ahmad. Nor that as a human rights lawyer Khan was recruited by 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui to act as his consultant. Since Babar Ahamd was sentenced, Khan has once more stayed silent about his old friend. Hardly conduct befitting a man who wants to be Justice Secretary, or, dare Guido say it, Mayor of London…

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sadiq Sorry for Sick Pickles Death Jibe

Sadiq Khan thought it was all very funny when he tweeted a letter he had received from Neil Kinnock joking that Eric Pickles might not survive running the London marathon and that his death would hand Labour “a helpful by-election”:

Now silly Sadiq is very sorry:

Hardly behaviour becoming of a man who keeps accusing the Tories of being the nasty party…

UPDATE:

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Ever Forgetful Mr Khan
Listen to the Words Sadiq Does Not ‘Recall’ Using

Guido’s preferred Labour candidate for Mayor of London has got into a bit of bother today known as “trying to bullsh*t a journalist”. After Sadiq Khan laid it on thick at a meeting of trade unionists, telling them he supported direct action, the Standard confronted him:

“Mr Khan’s spokesman denied he had mentioned “direct action” at the meeting, organised by Unions Together, the Trade Union Group and CLASS. After being sent a transcript by the Standard, the spokesman said neither he nor Mr Khan recalled using those words.”

Fortunately Guido is able to offer an aide-mémoire to Mr Khan and his forgetful spinner. There was a tape:

Remember yet?

Do you “recall” now, Sadiq?

It’s just like when he couldn’t remember quite how long he had known a convicted terrorist

UPDATE: Statement from Sadiq:

“Strikes are a sign of failure in any dispute and we always urge both sides to get round the table and sort out their differences by negotiation. Marches and protest have always played a crucial role in British democracy but breaking the law, intimidation or bullying – whether by unions or employers – can never be justified.”

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Does Sadiq Khan Trust Labour on Race?

Labour London mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan is busy trotting out his new favourite line that the Tories are all a bunch of racists, using the example of one loony councillor to justify his “I don’t trust the Tories on race” dog whistle:

For some strange reason Sadiq had nothing to say about this loony Labour councillor of similar standing in his own party, who was suspended for sending a racist email about Muslims. Or the Labour councillor accused of distributing racist leaflets about her Asian opponent. What about the Labour grouping that accused its local party of institutional racism? Or the Labour peer who resigned after making anti-Semitic comments. Not to mention the Labour MP who was forced to apologise for sending a racist tweet. Let alone the Labour MP who was accused of stirring up race hate to win votes. Does Sadiq only see racism when it he can use it to score political points?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ken’s Khan Plan

Friend of a convicted terrorist and London mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan has been getting some advice on his campaign today. From Ken.

An “unrivalled insight” it may be. Though maybe someone who was told where to go by voters in the capital, twice, is not the best person to teach him “what our London needs”…

Monday, December 9, 2013

Their Friendship Aside, Sadiq Khan Still Has Ahmad Questions

From tomorrow Babar Ahmad can add convicted terrorist to his CV, along with Guardian contributor. At the district court in Connecticut the extradited Brit will plead guilty to running websites that allegedly sought to raise money, recruit fighters and seek equipment for terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya. This is despite years of demanding to be freed and fighting his extradition to the States. He had one very vocal supporter in this campaign: Sadiq Khan. The Shadow Justice Secretary said it was ‘truly shocking’ Ahmad had been held and was involved in the Free Babar Ahmad campaign.

Guido has written at length about the differing accounts from Khan about his relationship with Ahmad, but it is certainly clear that they knew each other as teenagers. Even if we leave this completely aside, the Shadow Justice Secretary is on shaky ground for his vocal support for Ahmad.

As Robin Simcox of the Henry Jackson Society wrote in October:

“Ahmad and Ahsan could have hopped on a plane and proved their innocence. Instead, as is their right, they chose to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the court system created by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The defendants argued that extradition to the U.S. would breach the ECHR. After years of appeals and delays, their case was dismissed by the ECtHR in September 2012.

Khan says that the decade long legal process for Ahmad and Ahsan overseen by both British and European judges saw due process ‘jettisoned’. I have no idea what he could possibly mean by this, but it would be interesting to know what about the courts’ verdict he felt was flawed.

Khan admits to a ‘fear’ that Ahmad and Ahsan will plead guilty in the U.S. Why a British MP is frightened of suspected terrorists admitting their guilt in our closest ally’s courts is anyone’s guess. Presumably he thinks the U.S. judicial system is crooked: if so, he should at least have the courage to say it.”

Despite his portfolio, Khan has said nothing about this development. Must have slipped his mind with all that campaigning for Mayor of London…

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sadiq Khan v G4S, With Thanks to G4S

If Sadiq Khan is going to massively contradict himself in his conference speech, he could at least try to not be so obvious about it. Here he was today with a sure-fire favourite, bashing the government for employing G4S:

“Does it inspire confidence when the Prime Minister rewards failure? Rewarding G4S and Serco with more and more contracts. Despite them letting down the taxpayer time, and time again… Privatising our Probation Service, and handing over supervision for dangerous and violent offenders to G4S and Serco. Public safety in the hands of the same companies that let us down on Olympic security, tagging and prisoner transport.”

Then literally two lines later he was thanking the security company that Labour chose to keep them them safe in Brighton:

“We’ve all seen the great job G4S staff have done on conference security.”

Putting public safety in the hands of G4S? Rewarding them with another contract? Who would do such a thing…

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Join Sadiq For a Dodgy Donor Kebab…Just £35

In Guido’s Daily Star Sunday column we revealed how Sadiq Khan had promoted the British Kebab Awards in Parliament after trousering a £5,000 donation from the Tayabb Kebab House in his constituency. Today emails have gone out inviting Labour supporters to a February fundraiser hosted by Sadiq Khan at – you guessed it – the Tayabb Kebab House. You can join the queue for your dodgy donor kebab for just £35. Bargain…

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Time for Sadiq Khan to Come Clean Once and For All

Today is the day that the case of Babar Ahmed will be debated in Westminster Hall after another e-petition hit the mark. The terror suspect is fighting extradition to the States:

“US prosecutors allege he was a global fundraiser for extremists in Afghanistan and Chechnya, through a website operated from south London but technically based in the US. He is also accused of having obtained information about US Navy ships and their movements in the Gulf.”

There are pretty good grounds for a trial here in the UK given he was based here, but before that can even be considered his links to Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan, who is expected to speak in the debate today, need to be properly explained. There have been seven years of squirming and story changing that could be rectified today. Khan has given no less than three conflicting accounts, on the record, about the relationship. Which one was the truth remains to be seen…

Ahmad came to prominence when it was revealed that his meetings with his old friend Sadiq Khan were bugged by the spooks. The first time the Shadow Justice Secretary went to visit Ahmad was as “a friend” in 2004 and he went again in 2005.  Around the same time the story about Khan’s relationship with Ahmad broke in 2008, a page mysteriously disappeared from Khan’s website. A cached version of what he wrote in June 2006 is still available though. Crucially it stated “I have known Babar Ahmad for over fifteen years. We both grew up in Tooting.” But that isn’t what he told the House…

On July 12, 2006, a month after writing on his website that he had known Ahmad for 15 years, Khan told a House of Commons debate on the UK-US extradition treaty “Babar Ahmad is of a similar age to me and, like me, he was born and raised in Tooting. I have known him on and off for the past 12 or 13 years.” How long is it exactly Sadiq?

And that’s not the only inconsistency. Khan claimed he was visiting Ahmad in jail in his capacity as a “friend” and the Sir Christopher Rose Report into why Khan was bugged on those visits concluded that he made no effort to reveal to prison security that he was an MP.  Fast forward to 2008 and the bugging story breaks. Khan is under fire and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman is put in an awkward spot where he quite clearly does not defend him:

“Asked if the Prime Minister was happy that a Minister of the Crown had close ties, all be it professional, with people connected to the 9/11 attacks and organisations that some believed should be banned, the PMS replied that Mr Khan was a Whip, and therefore part of the Government. In this case he was acting as a constituency MP in relation to, as we understood it, somebody he had known since childhood.”

The added detail is the most interesting – it was stated he was “acting as a constituency MP”. So Gordon Brown’s spokesman and Babar Ahmad’s even own sister Sara have claimed that Khan and Babar were friends since their childhood. However Khan told constituents in 2006 that he had only known him for a fifteen years and told Parliament that it was even less time. But what did he tell the prison authorities?

When he was filling out an application to visit Babar Ahmad in 2005 Khan told the prison that he had known Ahmad “since they were 12 or 13 years old; they were locals and attended the same mosque”. That’s not what he told Parliament… 

If it was an honest mistake then today is the perfect opportunity to clear it up and have Hansard corrected, because Khan clearly mislead the House of Commons. Perhaps he could also explain the deliberate removal of details of his relationship with Ahmad from his own website.  A more pertinent Member of the House might like to ask Mr Khan during the debate today a couple of questions that could settle this once and for all:

  • Why are there three versions of the story? Given Khan did not tell the prison authorities he was an MP when visiting Ahmad in 2005, why was the PMOS briefed, presumably by Khan himself, that he was there on parliamentary business?
  • Why did Khan try to downplay the extent of his friendship with Ahmad in 2006 only to have the truth revealed by Sir Christopher Rose, Sara Ahmad and the PMOS in 2008?
  • Does he have any further connection to Ahmad, or his family, be it by blood or marriage, that has not yet been declared publicly?

Will today finally be the day we get some answers?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Khan “In Touch” On Prisons

“By abolishing indeterminate sentences, the Government shows how out of touch they are on crime and law and order” screams a press release from Labour’s Sadiq Khan. Something he must know rather a lot about given that this week we learn that a third personal friend has done time in Wandsworth nick – the prison in his very own constituency. Khan used an interview with the Standard to put a positive spin on yet another dodgy connection:

“Shadow justice minister Sadiq Khan was being shown around Wandsworth Prison by the governor when a voice rang out from behind the locked gates: “Saadiq! Saadiq!” Mr Khan stopped instantly in his tracks. Only childhood friends pronounced his name in that way. “I spun round,” recalled Mr Khan, “and I recognised him straight off as one of my best friends from when I was 12 and lived on the Henry Prince Estate in Tooting. We used to play football and cycle round together for hours.”

Was his other childhood friend Babar Ahmed there too?  We are still waiting for an explanation from Khan about his relationship with a chum who just happened to build a couple of websites for Chechen and Afghan insurgents. Silence…

The press release  goes on: “the public want to be protected from serious violent offenders and safe in the knowledge that they won’t be released from prison.”  Is that not a bit rich coming from a man who spent most of his life before parliament trying to get dangerous types freed?  Sadiq wasn’t very tough on crime when he was helping Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s Reza Pankhurst. Then we had his cosy love in with Ali Dizaei, maybe he could become an advisor on policing? Either way he’s certainly “in touch” on prisons…


Seen Elsewhere

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Why Pollsters Could Be Wrong | John McDermott
Cameron Faces Vote of No Confidence or Rebellion | FT
Cameron Faces Revolt Over ‘Vow’ | Sun
It’s Time to Speak for England | John Redwood
It Was Me Who Taped Howard Flight | John Woodcock
Indy Editor: We Will Stay Afloat | Press Gazette
English Don’t Want Scotland to Stay at Any Price | Dan Hodges


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