Raja Miah, 48, of Stamford Road, Mossley appeared at Tameside Magistrates’ Court earlier today and has denied charges of harassment and malicious communications.
The court heard how the charge of harassment relates to a series of online posts towards a woman between October 2020 and November 2021.
The charge of malicious communications relates to an online post in June 2021.
Asked to enter pleas to these charges, Miah answered not guilty to both.
Miah was released on conditional bail, with a case management hearing listed for next month at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court. It is expected the trials of both matters, to be heard separately, will be heard later in the year.
He was warned against intimidating witnesses, by police, after being charged on 21st January, 2022 (read more here). Despite this, the court lifted the night-time curfew to which Miah had been subjected, following a dawn raid on his home in July, 2021 by police officers.
Nevertheless, after canvassing support via his social media channels, his appearance drew a crowd of around 15 people, who self-style as The Rabble (or Raja’s Rabble), to the court precincts.
Several of their group were captured taking photographs of a witness and the registration mark of the vehicle in which she was sitting. At least two of them sought to interrogate her over why she was there and was part of the court case against Miah. A matter reported both to the police and court clerk. All three have been identified, two males and one female, and their names, photographs and video recording of the exchange passed to the authorities.
One surprising member of The Rabble present at court, although not involved in the alleged harassment and intimidation of the subject witness, was recognised as Jackie Stanton, a former Deputy Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. One might very well argue she should know better than associate with, irrespective of the court’s finding on the specific criminal matters before them, a persistent and mendacious liar who has leeched millions of pounds of public money over the past twenty years.
Greater Manchester Police are also tracing the source of an intimidating call made to the office of one of the witnesses in this case, by a male from a withheld number, several days before the court hearing.
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