The Independent: English Defence League ‘to become political party and stand candidates in European elections‘, says Tommy Robinson. ‘The far-right English Defence League will be turned into a political party in a bid to stand candidates in the European Parliament elections in less than two years, its founder has claimed. Tommy Robinson revealed the plan as he announced he was to leave the British Freedom Party after only five months’.
The Telegraph: Terrorist suspect ‘doctor’ arrested at airport. ‘An NHS doctor who was part of a jihadi group that kidnapped and shot a British photographer in Syria is believed to have been arrested as he arrived at Heathrow. A 26-year-old British man and his girlfriend were detained by counter-terrorism police at the airport as they returned from the war-torn country. Officers believe they may have been part of the group which held John Cantlie and his Dutch colleague, Jeroen Oerlemans, for a week in July’.
BBC News: Abu Qatada appeal: UK asked Jordan to grant pardon. ‘The British government asked the Jordanian authorities to consider a pardon for radical cleric Abu Qatada, it has emerged in court. But an appeal hearing was told that Jordan said that would not be possible and he would have to stand trial there. Government sources later said the request related to previous convictions in absentia, not to a fresh trial’.
Comment: TrustLaw: Katie Nguyen: Six ways to stop honour-based violence. ‘Nearly 3,000 cases of honour violence were reported to the police in Britain in 2010, according to the UK-based Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation, though experts believe the number is much higher because many women are too frightened to report abuse’.