Essex

Jail term for Muslim leader's false kidnap claim

Noor Ramjanally
Image caption Noor Ramjanally is thought to be in his native Mauritius

A Muslim community leader who claimed he was abducted by British National Party members has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Noor Ramjanally, 36, of Loughton, Essex, was given a two-year sentence in his absence after failing to attend Chelmsford Crown Court.

Ramjanally had complained of having accelerant poured through his letterbox prior to being "kidnapped" last August.

He was given a two year sentence, half in custody, half on licence.

Ramjanally, now thought to be in his native Mauritius, told police he feared for his life when he was kidnapped by two men in broad daylight from his home in Loughton last August and bundled into the boot of their car.

CCTV footage

He claimed he was driven to Epping Forest where he was threatened and warned to stop holding prayer sessions he had organised in Loughton.

However, the court heard police viewed CCTV footage from secret cameras installed to protect him after his previous claims that he was being targeted by racist opponents.

At the time of his alleged abduction, Ramjanally was seen leaving his home, getting into a taxi and being driven to Homebase. From there he walked on foot alone to Epping Forest.

Jurors heard that more than £10,000 pounds of taxpayers' cash had been spent on investigations and improving security at Ramjanally's home.

Essex Ch Supt Simon Williams said: "We may never know the true reasons behind Ramjanally's claim that he was abducted.

"He has done a gross disservice to the local community in Loughton by suggesting that there were people willing to commit serious crimes against minority groups.

"Now that his claims have been exposed as being false I hope that my officers can continue with their excellent work in building contacts and confidence amongst all of the population of the Loughton area."

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