Sunday, July 10, 2005

Shades of Ahmed Zaoui

In a remarkable and eerie parallel with NZ's own convicted terrorist Ahmed Zaoui, the London bombing suspect Guerbouzi is living on the State while his lawyer racks up enormous revenue from legal aid for him and other terror suspects.

His wife collects more than £1,000 a month in income support and housing benefit from the UK Government.

Guerbouzi is represented by controversial Muslim rights lawyer Miss Muddassar Arani. The lawyer hit the headlines in the UK in 2004 when it emerged she had earned more than £200,000 in legal aid representing clients facing terror charges.

Zaoui's counsel have racked up huge bills on Zaoui's behalf in NZ. No doubt Ms Manning is only in it for the experience!

"Whether one likes it or not Zaoui has been convicted of terrorist crimes in two fellow OECD countries - Belgium and France. Now those convictions may be shonky, but at the very least they require us to be very very cautious" - David Farrar

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