This is the fifth in a series of blogs examining the hard left groups and individuals that are supporting or influencing Corbyn and working to take the Labour Party to the left. It is too easy to relax and enjoy the prospect of a permanent Conservative government while Corbyn leads the Labour Party but we need to understand the resurgence of a hard left political class, to recognise some of their movers and shakers and to be aware of their tactics in grasping for power at any price.
Yahya Salah is not a member of a hard-left group, he is simply a convicted criminal who solicited and obtained Corbyn’s support when he was accused of violent disorder for which he was subsequently convicted and sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment. The judge remarked that Corbyn’s supportive letter made Salah sound more like a peace campaigner than a violent criminal whose violence had left a student brain damaged. Salah went to school with Corbyn’s son, Ben. It would be interesting to know whether his violence was linked to a political protest but it sounds as if he was just a member of a violent criminal gang.
Corbyn also sought to help Yahia Tebani who was facing a charge of violent disorder at a Stop The War protest after he was caught on video throwing staves and a chair at the riot police. He was subsequently jailed for twelve months. The judge said he had reduced the sentence because of Corbyn’s character reference. This chap had already faced charges of burglary at an earlier anti-Israel protest meeting but they were dropped.
Our kind-hearted Corbyn also leant support to Mohamed Dahir who was eventually found guilty of fraudulently obtaining £600,000 from vulnerable old people. It was thought these funds were to be used to fund the travel costs of English citizens to fight in Syria and Iraq. Corbyn’s intervention won Dahir bail but he was still sentenced for his part in these crimes. He and his fellow criminals were not charged with terror offences and Corbyn claimed to be unaware of them.
You still have to wonder at his judgement, given the company he keeps.