Lawyer Nick Freeman calls for public register to name people who make false rape allegations

A celebrity lawyer is calling for people who make false rape and sex assault allegations to be stripped of their statutory anonymity and named on a public register.

The comments by Nick Freeman, nicknamed ‘Mr Loopole’ for his record helping clients fight motoring offences, come after the trial of 22-year-old student Liam Allan, who was charged with rape, dramatically collapsed.

Mr Freeman, who runs Manchester-based Freeman and Co Solicitors, argues the case is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and false allegations are being made on a ‘daily basis’.

 

But Heywood and Middleton MP, Liz McInnes, who has campaigned for rape case reform said this was a ‘knee jerk response’ to a small minority of cases.

She also warned that a register could further deter victims from coming forward to report sexual offences.

Mr Freeman said: “The time has come for there to be a register where the names of those who make these disgraceful and disgusting allegations are added.

“Sadly, Mr Allan’s case is not a one off. It is one of many – the tip of the iceberg. False allegations are made on a daily basis, and those who make them can hide behind a lifelong veil of anonymity.

“That is not the case with the defendant. They are named – often before being charged with a crime. And such is the unique stigma associated with these type of allegations, their reputations are traduced and this can often result in life-changing consequences.”

 

Criminology student Liam Allan who had been on bail for two years, charged with six rapes and six sexual assaults was warned that if found guilty he would be looking at a jail sentence of at least ten years when evidence that had been withheld by police was produced, proving his innocence.

His defence team had repeatedly been refused access to the woman’s telephone records, because police said they contained nothing of interest. However, when they were handed over by a new prosecution barrister, it was revealed they contained a cache of crucial messages from the complainant, which included her ‘pestering’ Mr Allan.

Halting the trial at the eleventh hour, Judge Peter Gower formally found Allan not guilty of all charges and called for an inquiry at the ‘very highest level’ of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr Allan now says he will sue the CPS and Metropolitan police following the case, and he told Sky News that people accused of rape should have anonymity until they are found guilty.

Under UK law people who report sexual offences currently have lifetime anonymity, even if the accused is acquitted or the case is dropped.

 

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/lawyer-nick-freeman-calls-public-14050329

Italian town removes Christmas tree from town hall for Muslims

According to the European Post, a traditional Christmas tree in the city of Bolzano had to be removed before a visit of the Muslim association. The reason given: “It could hurt their feelings or offend them.”

The city’s town hall Christmas tree, was decorated by the association of sport veterans, for the athlete of the year prize award ceremony. They also decorated the place with Christmas symbols and with Christmas coming, left them there.

But a day afterwards, the president of the sport veterans association received a phone call from the town hall office. He was asked to remove the Christmas tree and its decorations because the town hall would be visited by a Muslim association and it “could hurt their feelings, or offend them”.

Local politician Allesandro Urzì heard the story and calls it “bureaucratic rigidity” and a form of “Barbarisation of the general culture” in Italy. In another article he says the “tree is being sacrificed on the altar of goodness” and freely translated from Italian:

“Now respect for every religious confession should not be confused with the removal of the traditional symbols on which our society is founded. Believers and non-believers trace within them the elements that constitute our identity.”

https://voiceofeurope.com/2017/12/italian-town-removes-christmas-tree-from-town-hall-for-muslims/

Muslim Group Spoils British Christmas Event with ‘Allah Akbar’ Chants

While Christians celebrated the birth of Christ in Ilford Town Centre on Saturday 16th December 2017, after having applied for permission with Redbridge Facilities Management Department for a Christmas celebration, a local Islamic group caused a panic by playing the Azan (a Muslim chant used for call of prayer), that triggered fears of an impending terrorist attack.

The peaceful family event which was held in Ilford Town centre on Saturday was organised by 9 local churches in collaboration, and was both well attended and appreciated by local residents (click here).  However at around 2pm during a prayer that was being said on the stage, a guttural Muslim chant was heard causing alarm to the many Christians and non-Christians attending the event.

It was soon established that a local Muslim group had decided to hold a religious stall in the town centre at the same time as the Redbridge Christian festival, if not in spite of it.

When approached by the British Pakistani Christian Association, event organisers of the Christian event the Islamic group refused to stop the chant being played.  However, the provocative use of amplified Muslim chanting offended other local people many who were non-Christian and included local Muslims.  Despite a clear indication that their use of an unauthorised PA was causing offence the Muslim group continued their use of the equipment.

When asked if they had sought permission for their event through the council the Islamic group originally said yes.  They then later asked Mr Wilson Chowdhry Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, who was managing the collaborative Christian event, if he was from the council.  After Mr Chowdhry explained that he was not a Council officer but had applied for permission to use a PA system in the town centre the Islamic group ignored any further conversation.  Left with no further option Mr Chowdhry then duly contacted the local Police.

It would seem bizarre but not impossible that the council gave permission to the Islamic group to hold their stall and amplified Muslim prayers at the same time as the local Churches Christmas event. So this morning Wilson Chowdhry sought clarification from the Head of Licensing for Redbridge Council MR Ed Chaplin.

 

https://www.britishpakistanichristians.org/blog/police-called-to-ilford-town-centre-after-allah-akhbar-chant-played-during-christian-event-set-of-te