Muslim leader 'lied about BNP kidnap'
A Muslim community leader falsely claimed to have been kidnapped by members of the British National Party after police and a local council spent £1,300 improving security at his home, a jury heard today.
Noor Ramjanally, 36, of Loughton, Essex, had complained of receiving hate mail and having accelerant poured through his letterbox prior to being "abducted", prosecutor Matthew Gowan told Chelmsford Crown Court.
A new door was fitted to the council flat where Ramjanally was living and police installed a hidden camera, a local authority official told the court.
But camera footage revealed no sign of the "two burly men" Ramjanally claimed had snatched him at knifepoint last August, said Mr Gowan.
And Ramjanally had been taken to a local DIY store by taxi on the day he claimed to have been kidnapped, jurors were told.
Ramjanally is not in court, is not legally represented and is being tried in his absence.
Jurors heard that he denied attempting to pervert the course of justice, by falsely telling police he had been abducted, at an earlier hearing.
The trial is expected to end next week.
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 4 Australian ultra-nationalist politician Stephanie Banister in car crash immigration TV interview
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail
Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
Nelson Mandela: 11 inspirational quotes to live your life by
Nelson Mandela: From 'terrorist' to tea with the Queen
UK weather: People urged to remain vigilant as high tides and strong winds continue through the night
Nelson Mandela death: his life in pictures
- < Previous
- Next >