Mr Bijan Ebrahimi films the man who would later kill him ...
PUBLISHED: 12:21, 28 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:23, 28 October 2013
Innocent man burned to death by vigilante neighbours who mistook him for paedophile
>Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, took pictures of youths vandalising his flower baskets.
>A court heard he planned to give the images to police as evidence.
>But a neighbour saw him with a camera and reported him as a paedophile.
>Police arrested Mr Ebrahimi but let him go when they realised the mistake.
>But two days after his release he was attacked by vigilante neighbours.
>Lee James has pleaded guilty to murder after beating Mr Ebrahimi unconscious before dragging him into the street and setting him on fire
>Stephen Norley pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.
>Both will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court next month.
Bijan Ebrahimi murder: Steven Norley admits assisting offender
Vigilantes Burned Good Samaritan Bijan Ebrahimi on Bristol Estate After False Paedophile Rumours
Angry mob targeted murdered Bristol man because they wrongly believed he was a paedophile
UK - Man wrongly accused of being pedophile burned alive
A modern British murder: Vigilante neighbours face jail after convictions over murder of disabled man Bijan Ebrahimi wrongly accused of paedophilia
Posted: 11/04/2013 10:33 am EST
Bijan Ebrahimi Burned To Death After False Pedophilia Accusations
October 29, 2013
A Nation of Vigilantes
"Teret was relatively fortunate; he at least got the chance to run the gauntlet from what passes for justice these days.
Bajan Ebrahimi wasn’t so lucky. He photographed some children damaging his hanging baskets. Everyone knows that children are innocent, right? So forget the bit about damaging his hanging baskets. Bajan Ebrahimi photographed some children, right? Paedophiles photograph children, right? So Bajan was a paedophile, right? And what do we do with paedophiles, everyone? Yeah, man, right on! We drag ‘em out of their house and we stab ‘em to death, then we set fire to them, yeah, right? ‘Cos we’s decent people, yeah?
"Avon and Somerset Police released a statement saying that Mr Ebrahimi was not a paedophile and no incriminating evidence had been found on his mobile phone or computer."
Too late, of course. Bajan Ebrahimi new address is care of the local morgue. Dead as only a non-paedophile subject to an allegation can be."
http://www.annaraccoon.com/duncroftsavile/a-nation-of-vigilantes [why would that be?]
29 October 2013 Last updated at 11:59
Bijan Ebrahimi: Bristol murder victim 'failed' by police
"Bijan Ebrahimi Bijan Ebrahimi had been in contact with police in the days before his death
A murder victim who was beaten and set on fire following rumours he was a paedophile was "failed" by officers, Bristol's police chief has admitted.
Bijan Ebrahimi's body was found in July in Brislington after he was reportedly harassed by residents who believed he had taken indecent images of children.
Lee James, 24, of Capgrave Crescent, has admitted his murder.
Avon and Somerset's chief constable said the force and other agencies would need to look at "what went wrong here".
Nick Gargan said: "Why wasn't that poor man better served by us?""
Investigations opened into vigilante murder of man mistaken for paedophile
From today's Guardian - man murdered in mistaken paedophile vigilante attack in Bristol. http://t.co/AxOe5b7ETX(Embedded Tweet - click date).
— Liam Herrick (@liamherrick) October 29, 2013
Tuesday 29 October 2013
The murder of Bijan Ebrahimi: Demonising child abusers means inevitable violence
"Mob justice directed against alleged paedophiles [sic] has become a sad fact of life.
"In a world where there is little consensus about moral issues touching on what is right and wrong, the paedophile [sic] possesses the standalone status of the personification of malevolence. That is why moral and cultural entrepreneurs invest so many resources in crusades against this threat. No one can ignore a claim to act in defence of the child. But their narrative invites us to regard all strangers – particularly men – as potential child molesters. In this way the unthinkable mutates into an omnipresent threat that preys on our imagination.
In effect the principal outcome of the advocacy of stranger danger is the normalisation [sic] of paedophilia [sic]. Once the stranger becomes a legitimate target of suspicion can the lynch mob be far behind?"
@Furedibyte Do you stand by this headline? Is it not more helpful to make a distinction between abuse & paedophilia? http://t.co/lyCbLVIOIV(Embedded Tweet - click date).
— Jay (@Jay29ers) October 30, 2013
7:10AM GMT 03 Nov 2013
Police suspended after innocent man accused of paedophilia burned to death
7:10AM GMT 03 Nov 2013
How wild rumour led a mob to murder an innocent man
Last updated: November 4th, 2013
The murder of Bijan Ebrahimi for being different exposes the dark side of working-class Britain
Last updated: November 5th, 2013
Why is the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi so terrifying?
Friday 8 November 2013
How hateful is Britain? Insulted, bullied and murdered – for being disabled
"In our supposedly civilised society, people who are ‘different’ still face abuse, vigilante justice and death."
"This is one more reason for urging caution over the current paedophile hysteria, so corrosive to communal well-being. This is not to dismiss casually the fears of parents; as the father of a daughter with profound disabilities whose life depends on others, I understand them all too well. Nor would I downplay the genuine threat from people whose disturbed sexuality makes them a danger to children – although it is worth pointing out that the vast majority of offenders know their victims well and are highly socialised individuals.
"But we live in a nation where “paedo” is part of playground banter; where vigilante gangs act as judge and jury in hunting down people they determine to be paedophiles; where parents are told not to take photographs of their families in public places; where men worry about working with children in primary schools or as social workers; and where sex offenders account for one in seven prisoners in our jails, their numbers rising as sentences lengthen."
"Moral outrage is fine. But moral panic is dangerous. And when vigilance warps into vigilantism, it increases the dangers for a group of people already on the margins of mainstream society. We should be making far more effort to include people with learning difficulties in our lives. Instead, all too often they are being abused, damned, excluded and, in the very worst cases, lynched for being different."
Law4 Bijan Ebrahimi; @Bijan_Ebrahimi_
Jan 20, 2014 00:01
Police watchdog to expand probe into murder of disabled man falsely branded a paedophile
21 September 2014 Last updated at 03:13 ET
Disability hate crime 'overlooked by police and CPS'
"The police and Crown Prosecution Service are overlooking the severity of disability hate crime, the former director of public prosecutions has told the BBC.
Lord Ken MacDonald said police were failing to recognise that abuse of disabled people constituted hate crime.
This could prevent perpetrators from receiving increased sentences."
5 December 2014 at 12:11pm
Police officers charged after wrongly-accused man's murder
5 December 2014 at 1:01pm
Ebrahimi family 'relieved' as police officers charged
Friday 05 December 2014
Cops Charged Over 'Paedophile' Mix-Up Killing
Friday 29 May 2015 19.09 BST Last modified on Friday 29 May 2015 19.34 BST
Officers deny misconduct over death of man falsely accused of being paedophile
Friday 17 July 2015
Bijan Ebrahimi: How the murder of an Iranian immigrant wrongly accused of being a paedophile has inspired a film
The murder of an Iranian immigrant who was wrongly thought to be a paedophile is to be the subject of a film.
Angered by the shocking killing of Bijan Ebrahimi and the “apathy” shown towards the culprit by his community, the former investigative journalist and award-winning filmmaker Gavin Scott Whitfield made the short film Murderous Intent; it will be premiered at a Manchester arts venue later this year."
(Embedded Tweet - click date)The murder of a man wrongly accused of paedophilia has inspired a film http://t.co/nAKoALDZJT pic.twitter.com/c6a3q4osbw— The Independent (@Independent) July 18, 2015
More to follow.