Azad Ali: Thug

One of the baubles Azad Ali has collected from the innumerable fools among the great and good is a position “on a Whitehall counterterrorism panel that provides advice to Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions”.

Why on earth should a thug who makes threats to a journalist have a role at the Crown Prosecution Service? If anything, Ali himself should be prosecuted. This is what he said on a webcast earlier this month:

“We’ve tracked you down,” said the IFE’s community affairs co-ordinator, Azad Ali, in a webcast targeting the Channel 4 reporter “Atif”, who went undercover at the IFE’s headquarters, the East London Mosque, filming the group’s true views – and its boasts that it controlled the local Tower Hamlets council. “Yes, Atif, we’ve got a picture of you and a lot more than you thought we had. We’ve tracked you down to different places. And if people are gonna turn what I’ve just said into a threat, that’s their fault, innit?”

You can listen to the tape here (MP3).

So many fools, so little time. This Thursday Azad Ali will be one of the speakers at a “Stop and search conference” backed by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the School of Law at King’s College London.