Attorney General refuses to refer sentences of Ekram Haque killers to Court of Appeal

The Attorney General, the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, has refused to refer the sentencing of Leon Elcock and Hamza Lyzai, responsible for death of Tooting resident Ekram Haque, to the Court of Appeal.

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan wrote to the Attorney General on 28th July 2010, asking him to review the sentencing, which Mr Khan believed to be unduly lenient.

Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, said, "I am thoroughly disappointed that the new Attorney General has not used his powers to refer these lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal.

"This failure compounds the impression that the public have, which is that the authorities are out of touch. The Crown Prosecution Service for entering a plea bargain, the Judge for the lenient sentence and the Attorney General for failing to refer this to the Court of Appeal.

"This attack was not 'happy slapping', but a cowardly attack.

"The decision of the Attorney General will further undermine confidence in the criminal justice system."

Promoted by DJ Bellamy on behalf of Sadiq Khan and Tooting Labour Party, all at 273 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7BD.
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