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February 04, 2008
Bugging Muslim MP reinforces community suspicions, warns The Muslim News
The Muslim News Monday warned that the alleged bugging of Government Assistant Whip, Sadiq Khan, puts the credibility of the British Government at stake in its aim to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of the country’s 2 million Muslim community.
“It’s a matter of trust,” The Muslim News Editor, Ahmed Versi, said. “The bugging, if proved true, will reinforce fears, especially among youths, that the Government is targeting all Muslims with suspicion,” he warned.
“What can the community feel but only further distrust, if Khan, who is not only a member of the Government but a well-respected human rights lawyer, is treated with suspicion,” Versi asked. It adds to concerns about recent university guidelines and moves to empower Muslim women to spy on Muslim youths.
The bugging is a breach of Parliamentary regulations since 1966 when the ‘Wilson Doctrine’ came into being which states that the telephones of MPs would not be tapped.
Khan was bugged during his private meetings with his constituent, BabarAhmad held at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.
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