Solicitor who represents terror suspects earns Â£1.6m in Legal Aid in just two years
Mudassar Arani’s clients have included the preacher Abu Hamza and Al Qaeda terrorist Dhiren Barot.Â A solicitor who specialises in defending terror suspects had Â£1.6million paid to her firm in Legal Aid in only two years.
She also represented a number of suspects in the July 21 bomb trial, earning a rebuke from the judge for her tactics.
Now Freedom of Information requests have revealedÂ her firm Arani and Co, based in London, was paid Â£770,091 in Legal Aid during the financial year 2006 to 2007.
The following year she received another Â£890,813 from the Legal Services Commission, though that may be for previous years’ work.
In seven years Arani and Co has taken Â£3.5million from Legal Aid. Its income quadrupled since 2001 to 2002, when it received Â£230,314.
Miss Arani has made a series of controversial remarks and appearances.
Last year, she suggested terrorist fanatics should be granted ‘prisoner of war’ rights inside Britain’s jails. She said her clients feel it is unfair they must undergo frequent searches and curbs on meeting other imprisoned radicals.
Miss Arani, who said she was speaking on behalf of convicted Al Qaeda mastermindÂ Barot, said: ‘Why should he suffer? Isn’t it bad enough to have to serve your sentence? Why does he have to be placed in segregation?’
The Legal Services Commission said the payments to her firm were for the work of her solicitors, caseworkers, support staff and overheads such as office costs or management.