South Yorkshire Police (SYP) and a Russian Doll Conspiracy
SYP tried to instruct that Rik remove an article from RothPol. There was the usual statement about how it interfered with an ongoing trial, and a threat that action might be taken if it remained. Rik refused….
For the article See…. https://goo.gl/Ha0UOx
It’s about a seriously flawed SYP investigation into Jahangir Akhtar and a Policeman who between them arranged for Arshid Husssain (aka Ash) to go free if he released his victim. At the resulting “service station victim swap” Akhtar was present to ensure that Ash was both let go free and his interests protected…not the child victim.
Ash has just received a prison sentence of 35 years for sexually abusing and exploiting children, and at the time of the handover was at the peak of his criminality. We can only guess at how many times he abused children after that opportunity to arrest him was thrown away, how many crack addicts he created, how many families he destroyed.
Back to Police efforts to get that article retracted.
After this SYP interference, separately the Guardian reported that in Court “The prosecution confirmed on Friday that there was no reason to believe there were active police investigations into Jahangir Akhtar.”
So what is the investigation that the article threatened?
SYP’s action against RothPol raise concern that they are still prioritising protection for themselves and their friends above protection of the public interest.
The article article pointed out that the investigation into it by SYP in 2013 was a farce that could be interpreted as an attempted cover up. That senior Police officers must have determined the pathetic structure of the investigation. That given Akhtar’s role as Deputy Chair of the main Police scrutiny committee, the Chief Constable surely must have been briefed as to progress.
The attempted interference with RothPol is in the context that since around 2000 various agencies, even a few councillors and journalists did realise the extent and significance of street grooming in Rotherham. And many were told by the Police that, guess what?
“Saying/reporting anything would interfere with ongoing investigations and may prevent prosecutions taking place.” Investigations that normally did nothing.
Move forward to 2016 and in court we learn..
That the Hussain brothers despite their notoriety were never investigated, and hear allegations that corrupt Police and a senior Councillor actually conspired to protect child sex abusers.
That there was sufficient evidence for these criminals to have been stopped 11 years ago, but the Police did not act.
That the Jury appear to have believed Jessica’s version of the “service station victim swap” , rather than the Police’s farcical inquiry and their resulting denial that it took place.
Move forward to 2016 and we have an attempt by SYP to stop an honest and legitimate article about the Police’s so called inquiry being posted on RothPol.
An article whose offence is NOT to interfere with justice….Akhter, for heavens know what reason, apparently isn’t being investigated and the significant Police officer is dead.
No, it is reasonable to at least suspect that this latest interference by SYP is because it suggests senior officers may in that first inquiry have covered up and acted to protect Akhtar and themselves…and now the attempt to suppress an article in this blog suggests an effort to cover up their initial cover up.
Russian dolls, a bit John le Carre….but those officers, and maybe the Chief Constable know who they are.
Mary B Jospehs
Text of email received from South Yorkshire Police
It has been brought to our attention that your website is posting articles relating to the ongoing Rotherham child sexual exploitation trial, Operation Clover. The senior investigating officer has contacted us with some concerns and advises that some of the content is factually inaccurate.
Can I ask if you have a representative in court or how you are receiving information about the court proceedings? You are only protected by absolute privilege (or indeed, qualified privilege) if you have produced a fair and accurate report of proceedings. The concerns raised by the officer who is at court suggests that this is not the case and therefore this places you at risk.
This potentially also places you at risk of being in contempt of court, as it could be determined that the inaccuracies contained within your report could affect the trial.
Can I suggest that you check the accuracy of your copy and come back to me if there are any issues.
This matter will also be raised at court with the appropriate bodies.
YP Media Team
South Yorkshire Police
Carbrook Hall Road
T: 0114 2523848 (ext: 718848)
For readers information, I phoned the sender to inquire which one of the many posts published recently was this in reference to, silence has been their response so far, Rik.