A convicted rapist has launched an appeal in an Ireland criminal court because he believes the jury was too white and Catholic to give him, a Muslim, a fair trial.
According to Breitbart London:
Ronan Munro, the senior counsel for the defence, said that Islamophobia would mean the jury had preconceptions about how Muslims treat women and complained that the judge had not spoken about religion or the fact the man was married to the victim.
During the trial, it was alleged that the man told his wife that she was a “commodity” he could have sex with whenever he wanted because they were living together, he explained.
The jury of 11 men and one woman, including one non-white person, convicted him of raping his wife at their home in May 2014 and of threatening to cut her face and kill her.
Munro said because Muslims are a “hot topic” these days, the jury should have been given a tailored warning.” The attorney also complained about how Ireland is “awash with Islamophobia” which keeps Muslims off of jury selection panels.
However, prosecutors say no one made an issue of the man’s religion because no questions were asked about it, nor was it brought up, during the trial. It was a clearcut case of rape and the man was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a Muslim has blamed Islamophobia for his own conviction, as Breitbart noted:
The leader of one of the Rotherham grooming gangs, Shabir Ahmed, has also used claims of ‘Islamophobia’ to challenge his rape convictions.
Mr. Ahmed lost an appeal against his possible deportation at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), claiming that his all-white jury breached his human right to a fair trial.
He claimed members of the jury passed details to racists and said his convictions were a conspiracy by police and members of the jury to “scapegoat” Muslims.