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Why Farouq Kamara must be released

When Norfolk farmer Tony Martin was sentenced for shooting dead burglar Fred Barras, 16, in his house sections of the British media and leading commentators called for Mr Martin to be released. For many the case represented the right to defend one’s property against intruders. The farmers release, after serving three years, was celebrated. There was even talk of him becoming an MP.

By contrast Farouq Kamara has never physically touched those who persecuted him, his wife and family during six years of hell in the all-white Hampshire village of Stubbington. Police failed to protect them from daily abuse and numerous physical assualts. They turned their house into a fortress but it failed to prevent the attacks.

We do not condone Mr Kamara’s actions in carrying a gun. But when the police have so clearly failed to protect them it is no surprise that Mr Kamara has sought to defend his family and has been driven to the depths of suicidal despair. When he remonstrated with local youths laying seige to his house in June 2004 he was arrested while no action was taken against the persecutors.

When his wife and children were assualted in March this year Mr Kamara was again arrested and charged while no action was taken against the youths. This is a shocking example of how a unchecked Islamophobia and racism can destroy lives, and how prejudices still burn fiercely in England’s countryside.

Mr Kamara has never threatened anyone with a gun let alone pulled the trigger. Mr Kamara believes in the right to defend your family against physical attack. We believe the government need to respond to the issues raised by this case and the courts need to set Mr Kamara free.

We urge readers to back Mr Kamara’s appeal. Please write to him pledging your personal support. Write to: Mr Farouq Kamara, Prisoner KJ9096, HMP Garth, Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 3NE.

Articles

“Racism doesn't matter” say judges

JUDGES HAVE RULED that victims of racism cannot defend themselves no matter how serious the abuse.
Thursday, June 29, 2006


Set Farouq Kamara free

BLINK today launches a campaign to free Farouq Kamara from behind bars where he is languishing after defending his family from attack.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Farouq Kamara jailed for protecting his family against racist attack

FAROUQ KAMARA was sent to prison today for defending his family against a racist attack. His distraught wife Amina told Blink she was “terrified” of the future.
Friday, August 05, 2005


Country dream in tatters for homeless family after fleeing racist village

AFTER ENDURING SIX years of horrific racial harassment and Islamophobia the Kamara family are homeless after fleeing their idyllic country home.
Thursday, June 23, 2005


Police watchdog intervenes in Farouq Kamara case

POLICE WATCHDOGS are to investigate the conduct of Hampshire Constabulary in the case of Farouq Kamara.
Monday, April 04, 2005


Farouq Kamara banned from Hampshire

FAROUQ KAMARA, whose family suffered years of racial harassment, has been banned from the whole of Hampshire county.
Friday, April 01, 2005


“Terrifying race abuse” of under-siege Kamara family

A JUDGE has condemned the “terrifying abuse” which led to a family barricading themselves inside a fortress house.
Thursday, February 24, 2005


“Police destroyed my life”

FAROUQ KAMARA'S home came under seige from a racist gang yet he was arrested. Today as charges were dropped he blasted the 'malicious' prosecution against him.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Racism victim arrested at gunpoint while tormentors go unpunished

FAROUQ KAMARA and his family suffered six years of racist attacks, yet the police did little to help. When he made a desperate cry for help the police arrested him. Now he faces jail while his racist tormentors go unpunished.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005


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