BBC News Call Man “Predatory” In Article During His Trial Despite Him Pleading Not Guilty Of Any Criminal Behaviour

The BBC Label Adnan Ahmed (Not Guilty!) “Predatory” And Claim “He Approached Women In Glasgow City Centre.” During An Ongoing Trial Even Though He Has Not Been Convicted!

BBC News refused to protect the anonymity of Adnan Ahmed despite him pleading not guilty. The BBC have chosen to report on his trial day by day, reporting negative selective testimonies against him which have not been proven in court. This is a miscarriage of justice as it ensures he will not receive a fair trial. Mr Ahmed has not been convicted of any crimes, however the BBC are still reporting on him to imply guilt, despite him pleading “not guilty.” BBC news start their article by stating; “a witness told court how he had to console a woman after she was approached by a predatory man.” This is inaccurate as the witness didn’t say “console” to the court, the witness stated to the court the woman didn’t even approach him to be “consoled” – he approached her after she briefly spoke to a man. The witness labelled the accused “predatory,” this is a claim that has no evidence to back it!

The BBC continued; “Anthony Duffy said he watched the man speak to 3 or 4 women in a 30 minute period in Glasgow city centre going for good looking girls in their early 20s.” This is not a crime under Scottish Law and has not been proven in court. The BBC left out that it was noted to the court that none of the “3 or 4 women”  Duffy complained about made any actual complaints themselves, their identities are unknown to the prosecutor and they did not make any complaints to the authorities! The BBC also left out that the court heard this is alleged to have happened during the day on a busy city centre street in 2017!

The BBC continued; “Adnan Ahmed denies 18 charges including sexual assault and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.” This is true, Mr Ahmed is adamant he is not guilty of any of the charges. The BBC also said; “alleged to have occurred in Glasgow.”

The BBC further selectively reported; “Duffy a Community Enforcement Officer for Glasgow City Council said, he would approach and follow them and then stand off. He was selective.” The BBC failed to report that; “selective” does not suggest “predatory.” BBC News also failed to report that there was no video evidence of the “approach, follow and stand off.” The BBC continued; “Duffy had to console one of the woman, he said the girl was OK when I was talking to her, but when I first approached her she looked quite distressed” (It was suggested to Duffy by the defence that his uniform could be the reason)”.  The court were not shown any proof of this, Mr Duffy also confirmed to the defence that this was his interpretation of events and not fact, and that he approached the woman, and she didn’t ask for his help. Duffy didn’t say anything about “consoling” anyone. Duffy also told the court, the alleged woman didn’t ask for assistance or for Duffy to approach her, he did this off his own accord. It was also noted that the unknown woman did not state she was distressed or call the police!

BBC News then stated; “Duffy captured footage of the man on his body camera. He later contacted the police.” The BBC News failed to state that this video was shown in court; it contained two kinds of clips; of a man walking with a woman chatting and the second clip showed a man and a woman standing and talking. There were only two women (not 3 or 4) who did not appear distressed or expressed a need to be “consoled” on the videos. Anthony Duffy was cross examined as to whether he asked the consent of the man or the two women to film them, to which Duffy said “no.” The clips shown in court were on a sunny day in 2017 on Buchanan Street he was also asked whether he or the woman talked to police that day after he called them, Duffy told the court neither him or the woman stuck around to talk to the police. The woman didn’t call the police, she just left as did Duffy the court heard.

Note – Adnan Ahmed was found not guilty and acquitted of this charge due to the complainer being a lying perjurer.

BBC News then used their most biased selective reporting of an incident (during the whole trial) leaving out huge chunks of vital information revealed in court, they said; “a 21 year old woman sobbed in court when she told jurors a man named Addy tried to kiss her in July 2016.” The BBC labelled what appeared to be seconds of tears as “sobbing,” the woman then talked as normal in front of the jury. The woman was also asked why it took her 3 years to report it (in 2019) she told the court she didn’t feel there was a crime. The woman also told the court she had anxiety and mental health issues. She also said, “I looked a lot better 3 years ago, I was thinner, I didn’t have tattoos on my face,” the court heard. BBC news continued; “she said the pair met in Buchanan Galleries and he told her she looked gorgeous and Italian.” This has not been proven in court and is not a recognised crime in Scotland!

The BBC then selectively stated;” the scared 18 year old walked away but was approached again an hour later outside an Argos door.” This is inaccurate as the woman told the court it was over an hour later, she actually said after the initial approach in Buchanan Galleries she went shopping in various stores, called her grandmother for 45 minutes and headed to Argos on Stockwell street in Glasgow a further 35 minutes later approximately. BBC News then biasedly stated; “he tried to pull me close to him so he could kiss me, so I pushed him away.” The BBC left out that it was pointed out to jurors that this recollection of events contradicted her police statement, in which she did not say she was “pulled close to him.”  The witness responded by saying the police lied. The witness then told the court “she did not make physical contact with the man,” despite saying earlier that she pushed him.

The court heard,  in her police statement she said the man “touched her face and tried to kiss her,” when the woman was cross examined about this contradiction of not saying so in court she said she didn’t say so at first as she didn’t want to interrupt the questioning (despite being asked numerous times) then claimed, “the pull and face touch” both took place. When the contradictory police statement and court statement was pointed out to the woman in front of the jurors, she sat down from a standing position in the witness box!

The BBC left out that the woman also thought she was messaged by the man on social media, she told jurors this happened despite her giving a fake name to the man which was not linked to any of her social media accounts as she said she did not tell him any details of mutual friends. She also told the court the man wrote his details on a receipt during the initial meeting, but was still able to contact her despite not having any of her contact details and not even knowing her name! BBC News continued; “she walked away from him and stood with strangers to be somewhere safe.” The BBC failed to report that these alleged witnesses were not presented in court and that when the woman was asked if anyone saw this, she said no despite people being around her.

Note – Adnan Ahmed was found not guilty and acquitted of sexual assault for this charge due to the complainer being a lying perjurer.

BBC News then selectively reported another incident stating; “another witness said a man approached her after a fireworks display on Glasgow Green on November last year.” The defence team for Mr Ahmed submitted video evidence as an alibi that shows Ahmed to be in Maryhill at that time and date (5th November 2018), along with an eye witness who was with him and video evidence of the alibi – not in Glasgow Green! The BBC continued; “The 23 year old woman, was alone when a man brushed her with his chest several times, was told to stop twice but kept following through a crowd towards the exit the man touched her back and ribs.” The BBC left out that this witness attended a viper identification parade twice and on both occasions did not pick out Mr Ahmed, she picked put two other men, the court heard!

The BBC continued to quote the witness; “she felt really uncomfortable, scared, petrified, a bunch of girls grabbed me and said come on we’ll get you out.” None of these alleged witnesses (girls who assisted) came forward as witnesses or backed up this claim in court. The BBC also left out that this instance on 5th Nov 2018 was not reported to the police until January 2019 (after they demonised Ahmed unfairly). The witness did not confirm the man’s identity even during the court testimony!

Note – Adnan Ahmed was found not guilty and acquitted of sexual assault for this charge due to the complainer being a lying perjurer.

The BBC are at it again, biased reporting in regards to allegations against a man during his trial on a daily basis, the BBC uses a writing style that implies events took place without saying so explicitly. This is a media tactic used to name and shame accused individuals before they have been convicted of any crimes. Despite Adnan Ahmed adamantly saying he is not guilty, the BBC news decide to release an online and a red button article using selective quotes from court witness testimonies that are negative in nature, leaving out anything to the contrary to imply the man’s innocence. This is a common trick used by the BBC in order to influence public/ jury perception which can result in a conviction even if the accused is innocent! Anonymity should be given to both the accused and the accusers until court proceedings are complete. The BBC however have a vested interest in having Ahmed convicted as they can be sued for defamation if he isn’t.

We at Red Pill Rights vow to keep the anonymity of the accusers intact and will only report on factual testimonies given in court as well as details on where the BBC have left out facts. The court room is open to the public and to the media to hear all details for themselves.

The trial continues before Sheriff Lindsay Woods.

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