For the obvious reason of sub-judice I cannot comment directly about this ongoing case where charges related to corruption at Barkingside Magistrates Court in East London have been brought. I’ve put some of the already published details of this case below. These charges and the nature, circumstances and alleged perpetrators of these offences do raise a huge question. That question is: how many other British courts may have the sort of misconduct that has been alleged has gone on, going on?
Here’s the first link from the Independent newspaper of 11th January 2014 outlining charges in this particular case.
The Independent said:
“A trainee barrister is among more than 20 people charged with criminal offences in a corruption investigation at an east London court.
The Metropolitan Police probe at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court looked into conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, bribery and perverting the course of justice.
Two people stand accused of misconduct in a public office and 21 more are charged with perverting the course of justice.
More than 40 people were originally arrested by officers from Redbridge borough but 15 were released without further action and others may still be charged.
The corruption investigation, codenamed Operation Theemin, started in 2011, when a national newspaper alleged a court clerk was taking bribes from driving offenders to avoid entering records, allowing them to avoid licence points and fines.
Munir Patel, then aged 21 of Green Lane, Dagenham, was jailed for six years in November 2011 after admitting misconduct in a public office, perverting the course of justice and bribery.
Southwark Crown Court heard he approached offenders to offer his illegal services, sending a text message to one target reading: “I only do this for Asian bruvs. I do this all day long.”
Patel was the first person to be jailed under the Bribery Act.
The suspects, aged between 20 and 33, are from various parts of east London.
All 23 have been released on bail to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.”
And this one from the Ilford Recorder
“Twenty three people will appear in court today following the investigation into corruption at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.
Operation Teemin was conducted by Redbridge Police to investigate conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, bribery and perverting the course of justice.
Twenty one people will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with perverting the course of justice, and a further two with misconduct in a public office.
The two people charged with misconduct in a public office are:
● Shinthuga Ratnaselvam, 26 , unemployed, of Westernville Gardens, Goodmayes
● Karandeep Sanghera, 24, trainee barrister, of Eric Road, Chadwell Heath
The 21 people all charged with perverting the course of justice are:
● Mukhtar Patel, 26, a letting agent, of East Avenue, East Ham
● Haroon Hussain, 28, self employed, of Elizabeth Road, Upton Park
● Sabrina Georgiades, 33, occupation not known, of Becontree Avenue, Dagenham
● Raja Humza Khan, 22, occupation not known, of Kitchener Road, Forest Gate
● Zaen Ali, 25, occupation not known, of Halley Road, Forest Gate
● Zain Akthar, 20, a vehicle service worker, of The Drive, Ilford
● Kashif Hussain, 28, occupation not known, of Rutland Road, Ilford
● Vasim Makan, 23, occupation not known of East Road, West Ham
● Mohammed Ali Hussain, 25, occupation not known, of Portia Way, Bow
● Suhail Patel, 25, occupation not known, of Plashet Grove, East Ham
● Bilal Mahmood, 22, occupation not known, of Trevelyan Road, West Ham
● Amna Lone, 23, occupation not known, of Benton Road, Ilford
● Naeem Hasan, 23, occupation not known, of Chilton Street, Bethnal Green
● Zhaker Darvesh, 23, occupation not known, of Eversleigh Road, East Ham
● Mubarak Patel, 25, occupation not known, of Colgrave Road, Leyton
● Umaer Zaffer, 27, of Northbrook Road, Ilford
● Koysor Ahmed, 20, a student/retail cashier, of Poplar Street, Romford
● Naim Mahmud, 21, self employed, of The Shaftesburys, Barking
● Faisal Hussain, 26, an electrical engineer, of Gyllyngdune Gardens, Goodmayes
● Hasham Syed, 25, unemployed, of Levett Gardens Goodmayes
● Wayne Campbell, 30, unemployed, of Babik Court, Shacklewell Lane, Dalston
You will note that 14 out of the 23 names in the above article appear to be Islamic names. It would therefore be pertinent to ask whether Islamic staff at other courts are acting entirely within the law, or whether similar corruption investigations should be made elsewhere. We’ve had other cases where Islamic staff in the public services have leaked information for their own benefit, and the police really should examine very carefully the probity and ethics of our Islamic public servants.
After reading this story and other information relating to this case and those like it, are you still confident that justice in the UK will be fair, honest and open, or is it being bought?