From the Daily Mail
A secularist group has made a formal complaint against Cherie Blair after she spared a violent thug from jail because he was ‘a religious man’
Cherie Blair has been reported to a judges watchdog after she spared a violent thug from jail because he was ‘a religious man’.
The National Secular Society complained to the Judicial Complaints Office after Mrs Blair – a devout Roman Catholic – suspended a six month sentence on Shamso Miah for breaking a man’s jaw.
Miah , 25, broke another customer’s jaw during the violent ‘queue rage’ attack after a row erupted about who was next.
‘We think this is discriminatory and unjust and we wish to make a formal complaint about it,’ wrote Terry Sanderson, the president of the NSS.
The complaints office has acknowledged his letter and confirmed that it is going to investigate the case.
‘We feel it’s wrong that someone so high profile as Mrs Blair, and she is very high profile as a Catholic, should make such remarks in court,’ he said.
‘The man was incredibly violent and broke someone’s jaw for no apparent reason.
‘She said that he would have got a six month sentence but was suspending it because he was a religious man and would know he was doing wrong, which we feel implies that a non-religious person wouldn’t know it was wrong.
‘We strongly feel that this kind of consideration should not play any part in sentencing. The idea that someone who is religious gets a lighter sentence is outrageous.
‘The indications are that people are losing their religion very fast in this country, so it would disadvantage many people if they were treated more harshly in court than people who go to church.’
Last month Inner London Crown Court heard how Miah left prayers at his East Ham mosque to a bank when he became involved in an argument with Mohammed Furcan.
Furious Miah grabbed Mr Furcan before and punched him in the face.
The thug ran outside but Mr Furcan chased after him and demanded to know why he had been struck.
Miah punched him again – knocking him to the ground and breaking his jaw.
When he was arrested, the thug told police he had acted in self-defence.
But the bank’s CCTV footage showed he was the aggressor.
The unemployed first-time offender, from Redbridge, north-east London, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Sentencing him, Mrs Blair – who practices law under her maiden name of Cherie Booth – said that violence on the streets had to be taken seriously.
She told him: ‘I am going to suspend this sentence for the period of two years based on the fact you are a religious person and have not been in trouble before.
‘You caused a mild fracture to the jaw of a member of the public standing in a queue at Lloyds Bank.
‘You are a religious man and you know this is not acceptable behaviour.’
Miah was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.