Noor Ramjanally, the Muslim community leader in Loughton who claimed he had been kidnapped at knifepoint by BNP-inspired thugs and told to stop his religious activities, has been arrested on charges of perverting the course of justice.
While this will be the cause of gloating and “I-told-you-so”s among the usual suspects, it’s really quite depressing when you consider how much damage Ramjanally’s apparently false report will do to his fellow Muslims. It doesn’t change the reality of the BNP’s toxic campaign against Muslims and other minorities– it only adds fuel to it. It will make it harder for Muslims who really do suffer harrassment and violence because of their religion to be believed. It’s bad news all around.