On Friday 25th November, 2022 an unemployed conspiracy theorist from Mossley, Tameside is set to appear before his local magistrates’ court at 9.30am.
Incredibly, this will be Raja Miah‘s ninth appearance before magistrates, or a district judge, in Greater Manchester since his first appearance at the same court on 3rd February, 2022 as defendant in harassment proceedings brought against him. Anecdotally, it is believed to be a record courthouse presence, although there is no substantive data to back up such a claim.
In the same case, two further hearings in Tameside and three in Manchester Magistrates’ Court have been and gone. The complainant is a 40 year old lawyer from the Salford area, who was granted anonymity at an earlier hearing. and a two day trial has been listed for February, 2023 before a senior district judge. Miah has pleaded not guilty and remains on conditional court bail.
Irrespective of whether he is found guilty or not guilty of harassment at trial, he faces legal costs estimated at around £25,000. This is believed to be the true motivation behind a concerted and coercive campaign to squeeze out yet more money from his social media followers, known as The Rabble (or Raja’s Rabble) (read more here).
This week’s appearance at Tameside is a case management hearing in breach of restraining order proceedings, following an adjournment in controversial circumstances earlier this month (read more here) and an initial plea hearing. The defendant is listed as Mohammed Ali, an Oldham businessman and charity organiser.
Miah is usually accompanied by The Rabble on his trips to court, frequently causing unpleasant scenes either outside or inside court buildings. Particularly, in their harassment of journalists reporting on proceedings (read more here).
Page last updated Wednesday 23rd November, 2022 at 1100hrs
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