March 31, 2009


A FOREST Gate minicab driver is among three men who deny being part of an alleged arson attack on the home of a businessman who published a controversial novel about the prophet Mohammed.

Abbas Taj, 30, of Field Road; Ali Beheshti, 40, and Abrar Mirza, 22, all denied claims put to them at a brief hearing. They will go before a jury at Croydon Crown Court on April 21.

They are accused of various conspiracy and arson charges in relation to an alleged attack in September last year at the Islington home of publisher Martin Rynja.

Ali Beheshti, or Abu Jihad as he sometimes called himself is the only ex Finsbury park attendee that I have seen since with the ex-Al Muj/Bakri crew. He was always one of the friendliest people to me in Finsbury park. I will pop down to his trial if I can.


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