Mail smears Inayat Bunglawala

A Muslim who advised the Government following the July 7 London bombings has been arrested after an alleged stabbing. Inayat Bunglawala, 39, was held on suspicion of attacking another man at his £300,000 home.

Mr Bunglawala, who also briefed former Security Minister Tony McNulty on the threat posed by Islamic radicals in the UK, was arrested two weeks before Christmas last year. The identity of the alleged victim is unknown and it is not clear what circumstances led to the alleged attack in the early hours of December 13 last year.

Conservative MP Patrick Mercer, who worked as a security adviser to Mr Brown, said of the alleged incident: “This calls into question the Government’s vetting of its Islamic advisers.”

Mail on Sunday, 15 March 2009

As is the way with this type of smear article, buried right at the end of it we find a quote from Inayat’s lawyers that he “vigorously denies having committed any criminal act whatsoever in relation to this incident”. So who could possibly accuse the Mail of unbalanced reporting?

On the face of it, this sounds like a possible altercation with a burglar. In which case, you’d have thought Inayat would have the full support of the Mail. After all, this is a paper that treated Tony Martin as some sort of hero after he murdered a fleeing would-be burglar by shooting him in the back. But then, Martin was a white BNP supporter, so that was different.

Update:  See MPACUK who report:

“Today, the CPS said they would not take any action against Inayat. There was simply no case at all…. What actually happened for those who do not know, is an intruder tried to break into the house of Inayat in the middle of the night. Inayat’s 3 year old child was sleeping as was his pregnant wife, woken by the noise of a man who at first tried to kick in the front door and then failing that, smashed the downstairs window. Inayat confronted the intruder and in the scuffle the intruder was stabbed.”