Complaints regarding Muslims being ‘harassed’ while flying in and out of Scottish airports by police officers have been running for quite some time.
SIF held a ‘Police Question Time’ in Glasgow’s Al-Furqan Mosque with those involved to get to the bottom of the issue. The fact that over 80 people were in attendance despite there being an enforced change of venue only 24 hours beforehand, showed the strength of feeling on the issue.
On the panel were ACPOS’s head of counterterrorism Allan Burnett, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, Alan Miller of the Scottish Human Rights Commission and Amar Shakoor of Strathclyde Police Muslim Association.
The assembled audience put forward their experiences and views sharply, the extent of which seemed to take aback members of the panel.
A review of questioning protocols has been announced, with it being acknowledged by the police that questions such as “How many times a day do you pray?” are unacceptable.
Whether this is enough to assuage complaints in future remains to be seen, or whether the principle of questioning people with no intelligence is the real problem.
Posted by Osama Saeed