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Kashmiri-origin man jailed for protecting family left 'stunned in a living hell' by Brit justice

London, Sat, 19 Dec 2009 ANI

London, Dec. 19 (ANI): A Kashmiri-origin businessman, who was given a two and a half year jail sentence for fighting off knife-wielding burglars to save his family, says that he feels devastated by the British justice system which jailed him and let the intruders go scot-free.


Earlier this month, in an amazing travesty of justice, a judge praised Munir Hussain, the chairman of the Asian Business Council, for his "courage" in defending his wife and three children from knife-wielding thugs, but then jailed him for 30 months for the violence of his response.


Munir Hussain, 53, told his lawyer that injustice had left him "stunned - in a living hell".


"I just can't understand a justice system that would jail me for trying to save the lives of my children. I don't know what I was supposed to do. I thought the jury would have families and have some idea what the terror of their children being threatened is like," The Sun quoted Hussain, as saying.


"Every Briton desperate to protect their family from criminals could end up like me," he warned.


The incident occurred when the Hussains family returned from their mosque during Ramadan to find three intruders, including career-criminal Walid Salem, 56, wearing balaclavas in their home.


Hussain was threatened that he would be killed. His family's hands were tied behind their backs and they were forced to crawl from room to room. Hussain, 53, made an escape after throwing a coffee table and enlisted his brother Tokeer, 35, in chasing the offenders down the street in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, bringing one of them to the ground.


Hussain' son Awais, 23, said: "My father is the most law-abiding man in Britain. All that was going through my father's mind was to protect his family. We didn't choose to be victims of crime. We were just innocents until this was thrusted upon us. But now our lives are wrecked because of a situation no one could possibly ever prepare or legislate for, let alone control.


"We were victims of a horrific crime - but it's the injustice we suffered that has destroyed us. The fact that this man was let off is sickening. I can't even begin to tell you the level of trauma the raid - and my dad's sentence - has caused my family," he added. (ANI)


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