Nazim Ali hearing: Day 1

The Nazim Ali hearing at the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) began yesterday. The hearing tribunal must decide whether Ali’s fitness to practise is impaired by his antisemitic tirade when leading the Al Quds march in 2017. He blamed ‘Zionists’ for the Grenfell Tower inferno. And this:

Careful, careful, careful of those Rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who’ve got blood on their hands, who agree with the killing of British soldiers. Do not allow them in your centres.

Ali’s barrister is David Gottlieb. Gottlieb was the barrister who attempted (singularly unsuccessfully) to argue that the killer of Lee Rigby did not have a fair trial because the judge misdirected the jury, ruling out Adebolajo’s defence that he was attempting to fight a battle for Islam.

Yesterday David Collier and I – who provided witness statements to the GPhC – were cross-examined by Gottlieb.  His strategy was to attempt to convince the tribunal that we are agents of the government of Israel.  His first question to David was “Are you independent?” and his second – appallingly – was “Where is your daughter and what does she do?” (David’s daughter is in Israel on the pre-IDF course). Then he asked me about discovering an Israeli product in Ali’s pharmacy, accusing me of “snooping“!

Alistair Cannon and the other two tribunal members (Raj Parekh, a pharmacist, and Claire Bonnet, a lawyer) did not seem terribly impressed.

In the afternoon the tribunal was shown the video of the march and David Collier’s video. Helpfully CAA’s 66 page transcript of the longer video was in the documents pack given to the tribunal (as was the IHRA definition of antisemitism).

Remember that appallingly the CPS failed to prosecute Ali and then when the CAA brought a private prosecution, they took it over and then dropped it.

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