9AA Óghts move to bloca Al Guds :ay court ac­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

THE CAM­PAIGN Against An­tisemitism is tak­ing the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice to court for halt­ing the pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion of the leader of the an­nual Al Quds Day march.

Nazim Hus­sein Ali was due to stand trial in July, fac­ing charges of in­cit­ing racial or re­li­gious ha­tred over his com­ments at the con­tro­ver­sial 2017 proPales­tinian march, where he linked the Gren­fell Tower dis­as­ter to “Zion­ists”.

Ad­dress­ing the no­to­ri­ous Lon­don march — where Hezbol­lah flags are flown — Mr Ali re­ferred, days af­ter the fire, to “Zion­ists who give money to the Tory Party to kill peo­ple in high rise blocks”.

He added: “We are fed up of the Zion­ists. We are fed up of [sic] their rab­bis. We are fed up of their syn­a­gogues. We are fed up of their sup­port­ers.”

The CAA launched a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion but, on June 28, the CPS wrote to them say­ing there was not enough ev­i­dence for a con­vic­tion and, there­fore, they were as­sum­ing con­trol of the pros­e­cu­tion and shut­ting it down.

The CAA said it was chal­leng­ing that de­ci­sion on the ba­sis that it was “ir­ra­tional” and “un­rea­son­able.”

A spokesper­son said: “Our demon­stra­tion and event mon­i­tor­ing unit Nazim Hus­sein Ali: caused up­roar with speech to Al Quds Day marchers

at­tended the pa­rade and cap­tured ex­ten­sive video ev­i­dence, which was passed to the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Ser­vice. How­ever, the CPS de­clined to pros­e­cute Mr Ali last year, leav­ing us with no op­tion but to launch our pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion, led by Jonathan Gold­berg QC.

“More­over, hav­ing re­fused to up­hold the law by pros­e­cut­ing Mr Ali, in June, the CPS blocked us from do­ing so pri­vately.”

Gideon Fal­ter, CAA chair­man, said: “This is a case that the CPS should have pros­e­cuted it­self. Our em­phatic le­gal ad­vice is that their de­ci­sion to pre­vent us from do­ing so was ir­ra­tional. We hope to suc­ceed and re­sume the pros­e­cu­tion.”

The CAA is be­ing rep­re­sented by bar­ris­ter Sam Grodzin­ski QC, with David Sonn act­ing as so­lic­i­tor. The CPS res­fused to com­ment.


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