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8 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I July 2008
and that the prosecution have had not been prosecuted for
‘Lyrical Terrorist’
rightly conceded that this her poetry, which reportedly
conviction is unsafe’. praised Osama Bin Laden,
Malik, aged 24, received a and celebrated martyrdom, but
nine month suspended prison for possessing documents.
has conviction
sentence at her original trial at Documents in her possession
which Judge Peter Beaumont were said to include the al-
described her offense as Qaida Manual, the Terrorist’s
being ‘on the margin of what Handbook, the Mujahideen
this crime concerns’. Poisons Handbook and
She was earlier found not several military manuals. The
guilty of the more serious quashing of her convictions
charge, under Section 57 come after a PhD student at
of the Act, of possessing an Nottingham University was
article for a terrorist purpose. released without charge last
Sue Hemming, the head month after being arrested for
of the Crown Prosecution possessing alleged ‘radical
Service’s counterterrorism material’ which he was using
division, insisted that Malik as part of his research work.
The Appeal Court in London the ‘lyrical terrorist’, was the
last month overturned the first woman convicted under
conviction against a former section 58 of the Terrorism Act
shop assistant accused of 2000 last November.
possessing ‘information of But Lord Chief Justice
a kind likely to be useful Lord Phillips quashed the
to a person committing or conviction, saying that the
preparing an act of terrorism’. appeal judges considered
Samina Malik, who wrote there is a ‘very real danger
poetry and called herself that the jury became confused
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overseas in 2007, including as the sixth largest supplier of
the Saudi deal initially valued defence equipment in 2007,
at £4.3 billion. after the US, Russia, Germany,
According to the Financial France and the Netherlands.
Times, the British orders, up Over the past five years,
from £5.5 bn in 2006, represent Saudi Arabia is listed as the
a 33 per cent of the world arms largest importer of arms worth
markets and overtake the US Dlrs 31 bn, followed by India
as the top exporter. with Dlrs 18bn and the US Dlrs
Britain was also calculated to 17 bn. Australia with imports
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have been the second largest of Dlrs 11 bn, Canada Dlrs 10
arms exporter after the US bn and Pakistan Dlrs 6 bn, all
over the previous five years, move up the rankings.
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