A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned this case, about an Iraqi fella who was being hauled before the crown court because he had made a tourist-type video of his trip round central London, and happened to be listening to the arabic version of gansta rap.
And I was unnerved by the situation, to say the least. And I hoped that the government’s case was based on a little more than that.
Turns out, it really wasn’t, except that there was a further unproven allegation that he’s been part of the insurgency in Iraq.
Luckily (for the whole’ rule of law’ thing), the guy was cleared.
Now, it may be that the government have good reason to suspect Mr Mohammed of being connected with terrorism, and it may be that he could go on to assist in an act of terror. But they need to be able to prove it; and that is a feature, not a bug.
(Course, if he’s such a threat, why did they let him back into the country? Is that not what exile is for? Or security at airports?)