(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
It has been left to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus to tell “Two senior Bradford solicitors cleared of any wrongdoing after complaint they leaked confidential information on child sex case”. Do go on: “Police and prosecutors have decided no action will be taken against Alias Yousaf and another, unnamed, solicitor at Chambers Solicitors”.
And then it got interesting: “Greater Manchester Police held an investigation after former MP Louise Mensch made a complaint to the force earlier this year, alleging the two solicitors had shared the names and ordeals of victims of a child sex ring”. Ms Mensch confirmed this at the time, as the Twitter screengrabs show - as well as her bizarre act of claiming that one Twitter user she disliked was actually Alias Yousaf.
After claiming “Raymond is the solicitor Alias Yousaf, an aide to George Galloway”, Ms Mensch went on a bizarre tirade. “Your client raped a 12 year old, Alias Yousaf, and you leaked her name to a political ally … did George Galloway have, or does he have, any idea that you, Alias Yousaf, leaked the names of child victims of rape? Do you still, Alias Yousaf, have any formal position within the Respect party?”
She tried to rope in George Galloway: “Is Alias Yousaf a part of Respect Party, George? Did you know he leaked the name of a child rape victim?” before declaring “I should add that my criminal complaint is not only about Alias Yousaf but also the unnamed senior solicitor at the firm who agreed to this … I want to state that I have already, pre-dating this action, reported Alias Yousaf of Chambers Solicitors to the SRA”.
Well, it now seems that she had made a complaint to the Police. As the T&A has explained, “Mr Yousaf had represented a defendant in a high profile grooming case heard at Liverpool Crown Court in 2012. His client was convicted and jailed for eight years. Mrs Mensch alleged that an unredacted case summary had been emailed to a member of the public before the case came to trial. She asked the force to investigate under the Children and Young Persons' Act and the Data Protection Act, as well as consider Contempt of Court laws”. But GMP - not Ms Mensch’s favourite force right now - did not proceed.
“On Monday, 16 March, 2015, Greater Manchester Police received a report relating to an alleged leak of confidential information. The matter was linked to the prosecution of a number of men in a high profile exploitation case in Rochdale in 2011 … A full investigation was carried out into this matter. Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, no further action will be taken”. So that’s another glorious failure.