Nafeez Ahmed, the husband of the former MYH CEO Akeela Ahmed has written a post on his website seeking to give his side of the story regarding the shocking letters he and his wife sent to the police and counter-terrorism officers urging them to investigate and prosecute some past and present workers at the Muslim Youth Helpline for alleged ‘extremism’, ‘racism’ and ‘homophobia’.
Just a few days ago I received a letter from his wife’s lawyers in which they warned me to deactivate a post I had written about the scandal. Apparently some other people have also received similar letters from her lawyers. Now he says that he and his wife are sorry for their actions in referring the MYH workers to the counter-terrorism officers.
Well, it’s a start. Meanwhile, there are certainly plenty of lessons to absorb from this entire very sad episode.
Update: Just as an aside, while I was writing the above post late last night I was watching the Film 4 premier of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009 Swedish version, not the Daniel Craig version) which as many of you will know features a lead female character who is an expert hacker. In the IT networking business (which I work in) she would be known as a Black Hat hacker (someone who hacks for personal gain and wealth) who goes on to become a White Hat hacker (someone who hacks for a greater good eg bringing people who abuse power to account). Strangely coincidental!