'Get up. This is not a court of religion': Judge blasts Muslim convert who refuses to stand as he faces charges of promoting sharia law in Oxford Street

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'Get up. This is not a court of religion': Judge blasts Muslim convert who refuses to stand as he faces charges of promoting sharia law in Oxford Street

Post by HoratioTarr on Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:41 pm

A Muslim convert accused of preaching sharia law in central London was ordered to stand up for a judge who told him: 'This is not a court of religion.'
Ricardo McFarlane, 30, allegedly breached an ASBO made in February 2014, which barred him from approaching members of the public 'in order to promote sharia law'.
McFarlane and a group of up to 20 other men are said to have set up a stall outside Topshop in Oxford Street on March 25 last year and called for strict Islamic laws to be imposed across the UK.
He is also said to have gone to Tooting Broadway Station on April 4 and Kingsland Road in Dalston on April 16, 2016, to set up similar stalls.
He denies one count of breach of an ASBO and was due to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court today.
The bearded defendant, wearing a green and gold robe, told the court usher he would not stand for 'any man' before the hearing began.
Judge Martin Beddoe noticed that McFarlane, who is on conditional bail, did not stand up when he entered the courtroom.
'If Mr McFarlane isn't going to treat this court with respect then I might have to deal with him differently than to release him on bail,' he said before a break in proceedings.
Roy Hedlam, defending, said: 'Because of his religious belief he believes there is only one person who he should bow to.'
Judge Beddoe continued: 'That is as may be, but this isn't a court of religion, this is a secular court and it expects to be treated with respect. 'That isn't in breach of any religious principles I'm aware of.'

The defendant stood up in the dock during the rest of the hearing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4833340/Judge-blasts-Muslim-convert-refuses-stand-court.html
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Re: 'Get up. This is not a court of religion': Judge blasts Muslim convert who refuses to stand as he faces charges of promoting sharia law in Oxford Street

Post by Tommy Monk on Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:24 pm

...Roy Hedlam, defending, said: 'Because of his religious belief he believes there is only one person who he should bow to.'...


He was asked to stand up... not to bow to anyone...


And... out of interest... who would this 'one person' be, who would be the only 'person' who he would bow to...?



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Post by HoratioTarr on Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:35 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:...Roy Hedlam, defending, said: 'Because of his religious belief he believes there is only one person who he should bow to.'...


He was asked to stand up... not to bow to anyone...


And... out of interest... who would this 'one person' be, who would be the only 'person' who he would bow to...?



He's just another idiot nobody trying to be somebody.
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Post by Original Quill on Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:46 am

HoratioTarr wrote:
Tommy Monk wrote:...Roy Hedlam, defending, said: 'Because of his religious belief he believes there is only one person who he should bow to.'...

He was asked to stand up... not to bow to anyone...

And... out of interest... who would this 'one person' be, who would be the only 'person' who he would bow to...?

He's just another idiot nobody trying to be somebody.

I agree.  I've seen many a defendant who refused to stand for the Court.  Most judges ignored it.  It's just contempt for authority.  Now that you mention it, contempt is what Sheriff Joe was convicted of...so it happens a lot.

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Post by Miffs2 on Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:58 pm

He soon stood when threatened with sanction didn't he?! Big mouthed nowt.
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