The Labour MP Shahid Malik, who is on the Home Affairs Select Committee, wrote a letter to Sir Ian Blair, head of the Met Police, on Friday calling for prosecutions. He said he had every confidence suitable action would be taken.
“Had they intervened on Friday when I witnessed some of the scenes from the obscene placards and the obscene chants, I think the situation could have got much worse,” he said. "Police are professionals at dealing with crowd and disorder matters and I think they’re best placed to make those kinds of judgements.
“I believe that prosecutions should follow. No matter how much offence cartoons may or may not cause, it can never justify violence.”
I suppose its necessary to point out that Shahid Malik is a Muslim. Also see observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,1702682,00.html
Britain’s leading Muslim body called for the protesters to be prosecuted. Inayat Bunglawala, spokeswoman for the Muslim Council of Britain, said: ‘The Metropolitan police should now consider all the evidence they have gathered from the protests to see if they can prosecute the extremists. It is time the police acted, but in a way so as not to make them martyrs of the prophet’s cause, which is what they want, but as criminals. Ordinary Muslims are fed up with them.’
Kurshid Ahmed, chairman of the British Muslim Forum, which represents more than 600 British mosques, said: ‘The reaction and demonstration by some elements within our community are not reflective of who we are.’
Azhar Ali, of Labour’s National Policy Forum, said: ‘My fear is some militant organisations will use this incident to propagate hate and this serves to act as a recruiting sergeant for their causes.’