An arrest warrant has been issued for a devout Muslim who tried to hire a hitman to carry out an honour killing.
Mohammed Arshad, 51, served six months of a seven-year sentence after being found guilty of plotting the death of his son-in-law.
Robert Sharp would no doubt point out that the fact that this man was caught and jailed merely shows that our system works, and I partially agree with him in this assessment. However, we do not need people who seriously believe that the circumstances described below warrant the taking of a life.
Arshad put a price of £1,000 on the head of Abdullah Yasin, whom he wanted "removed from this earth" after discovering he had married his daughter, Insha, five years ago.
During his subsequent trial, the High Court in Edinburgh heard that Mr Yasin was from a different caste and in a culture of arranged marriages.
The rules had been broken by marrying a younger daughter before her older sister had settled with a husband, the court heard.
We have seen many, many adverts—both still and on TV—advising people that domestic violence is totally unacceptable and that there is no excuse for it. Will we now see advertising campaigns in Muslims areas pointing out that "honour" killings are not acceptable in this country under any pretext?
Still, perhaps Arshad had only been here a little while, and was not used to our quaint liberal ways?
Arshad, who served as a justice of the peace and on Tayside Racial Equality Council, was trapped in an undercover police operation in Perth as the supposed hitman was a detective and their conversation was secretly taped.
He served as a justice of the peace? What the fuck? And on Tayside Racial Equality Council? Seriously?
In the name of all that is unholy, what the hell is up with this "honour" shit? This guy knew the laws of this land: he spent some of his time enforcing them upon others. This is no newly-arrived innocent from the backwoods of Pakistan, this guy knew precisely what he was doing and obviously felt that he was entirely justified in doing it.
This is the kind of behaviour that we have to counter; either by a campaign of information, or by harsher methods. As I have said before, if you do not wish to abide by our laws and culture, do feel free to leave...