Amir Majid is blind. “They should have sacked him years ago, but I suspect they were worried he’d bring a disability discrimination case.”
Not just that: “Judge Majid promotes himself as an expert on Islamic law and previously came to public notice when he won £15,000 compensation for himself for racial discrimination from London’s Guildhall, where he lectured.”
If he were removed for his manifest incompetence, he would almost certainly cry “Islamophobia” and claim he was removed for being Muslim.
This is another instance in which the “diversity” that is supposed to be our “strength” is actually our weakness, as in the case of Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis cop who was only on the force because he was Somali and Muslim, and who ended up shooting an unarmed woman. In reality, “diversity” is killing us.
“You couldn’t make it up! Immigration judge ‘has little idea of the law’: UK’s second-ever blind judge is condemned for bungling 13 cases,” by Neil Sears, Daily Mail, October 3, 2017:
A ‘shambolic’ immigration judge ‘with very little idea of the law’ was condemned over 13 cases.
In an unprecedented ruling, a tribunal chaired by three senior judges found Dr Amir Majid was ‘wholly failing to meet the standards demanded’.
In nine of the cases the 63-year-old judge, who is blind and uses a wheelchair, unlawfully ruled that migrants and asylum seekers could stay in Britain.
A senior immigration barrister last night told the Daily Mail he suspected Dr Majid, who remains a judge, has long avoided the sack because the Ministry of Justice fears he would claim discrimination.
The tribunal considered 13 rulings made by the immigration appeal judge at Taylor House, in Islington, north London, that were later successfully overturned….
The senior judges, led by Judge Mark Ockelton, vice president of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), said of the 13 cases: ‘Every one of the decisions shows error of law, in most cases serious error, in most cases multiple serious errors.
‘To be frank, in none of the decisions under appeal does he give the least reason to suppose that he is aware what the relevant requirements of the immigration rules are.’
They added: ‘Judge Majid’s decisions give the impression that the judge has very little idea of either his own (limited) powers or the content of the law in issue. They are full of observations many of which are of dubious correctness, some of which are of dubious relevance, and a few of which are wholly inappropriate.’
Most of the cases involved Judge Majid accepting appeals by migrants against Home Office orders to leave Britain.
He accepted one key witness was British simply because they recited aloud what they claimed was their passport number – without giving any documents as proof….
Even a lawyer who won his immigration appeal heard by the judge made an official complaint, saying: ‘It was extremely difficult to understand what Judge Majid was saying, which caused significant confusion on numerous occasions.
‘His comments and questions were of tangential relevance and it was difficult for the witness and legal representative to grasp the points he was trying to make.
‘He became angry with both witnesses and legal representative as a result of the strained communication and frequent misunderstandings. I would go so far as to suggest that the nature of the proceedings before Judge Majid were so shambolic as to bring the tribunal into disrepute and undermine public confidence in an effective judicial system.’
Dr Majid was hailed for becoming Britain’s second blind judge 20 years ago, and as a result of his disability has an assistant to help him grasp cases. After going blind while at a university of agriculture in his native Pakistan, he became a lawyer and lecturer….
A senior immigration barrister said: ‘He’s a nightmare … He is hard to understand, can’t understand what is said, and it takes 20 minutes just to establish what case it is and who’s in court.
‘He still thinks we’re in a time when judges had a lot more discretion to let asylum seekers stay. When I represent asylum seekers in front of him I have to warn them they will have a surreal experience. Even if they win … the Home Office will almost certainly appeal.
‘They should have sacked him years ago, but I suspect they were worried he’d bring a disability discrimination case.’
Judge Majid promotes himself as an expert on Islamic law and previously came to public notice when he won £15,000 compensation for himself for racial discrimination from London’s Guildhall, where he lectured….