Raja Miah to face harassment trial in August, 2022

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An unemployed political activist, 48 years old Raja Miah, made his third court appearance yesterday at which the date was listed for a trial over an offence under the Protection of Harassment Act, 1997. It will take place at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 17th August, 2022, writes Neil Wilby.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to that offence, and another offence under the Communications Act, 2003, at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on 3rd February, 2022, following which Miah was bailed and the case was switched to Manchester at his request.

The communications offence, involving a Facebook post made on 21st June, 2021 concerning the Elbit Ferranti protests in Oldham at the time, was discontinued yesterday following a notice served on the court by the Crown Prosecution Service, under section 23 (3) of the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1985 in which they stated there was ‘not enough evidence to support a realistic prospect of conviction’.

The name of one of the witnesses in that case has been shared publicly by Miah, the Leader of Oldham Council, Arooj Shah. Under section 23 (7) of the same Act, the accused has the right to re-instate the proceedings if he so chooses. Usually, that would only arise if a defendant wanted to proceed with a trial because he was sure that he would be acquitted and his name fully cleared. It is understood that he was running a human rights breach and public interest defence, with regards to that particular offence.

In what he described as an emergency transmission yesterday afternoon, Miah told his supporters on social media that ‘the judge had thrown out the Arooj Shah case’. Which is, of course, different to the factual position.  He also stated that Cllr Shah ‘was afraid to face him in court’. There is nothing on the court’s systems that supports such a hypothesis.

Miah was arrested in a dawn raid on Mossley, Tameside home in July, 2021 as part of a police investigation codenamed Operation Hexagon (read more here). During a search of his home that followed the arrest, electronic devices and a notebook were seized. He was eventually bailed on conditions that included a night-time curfew. The latter condition was removed at the first court hearing.

He has continually claimed that his arrest was ‘politically motivated’ (read more here) and provides a running commentary on the case, including his defence strategy, on his disgraced and frequently banned social media platforms, styled as Recusant Nine.

The complainant, a 38yo woman from Salford, has been granted anonymity by the court. Miah has also received a specific warning from GMP regarding witness intimidation (read more here).

Miah recently ran a spectacularly failed petition calling for a Home Office investigation into Operation Hexagon. It attracted around 300 signatures from Greater Manchester’s population of 2.77 million. Hexagon was set up in November, 2019 to investigate claims of large scale child sexual exploitation in the Oldham area.

The press offices of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Greater Manchester Police have both been approached for comment.

Page last updated: Wednesday 13th April, 2022 at 1435 hours

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Published by Neil Wilby

Former Johnston Press area managing director. Justice campaigner. Freelance investigative journalist.

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