British Muslim lawyer makes 4.5 million pounds defending terrorists

London, July 27: A controversial woman attorney has earned 4.5 million pounds from British taxpayers by defending terrorists, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The payout to Mercedes -driving Mudassar Arani, 45, - who represented three of the 21/7 bomb plotters - billed taxpayers almost one million pounds in the last year alone, The Sun reports.

The sums - equivalent to nearly 20,000-pounds a week - put her on the same pay as a Premier League footballer.

The lawyer, boss of Arani and Co in Southall, West London, has also represented hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza and "dirty bomb" plotter Dhiren Barot.

Ugandan-origin Arani was booted out of her home country in 1972 by tyrant Idi Amin. Her home is now a smart West London semi.

Her firm's legal aid fees of 4,445,533 pounds have been racked up over the past eight years.

The Legal Services Commission, which is responsible for funding legal aid, said: "Arani and Co will have to pay wages for solicitors, case workers, support staff and overheads, such as offices costs."

Six years ago in a lecture at a South London mosque her advice was: "The rule of thumb on a terrorist case is do not answer any questions."

During the trial of the 21/7 bombers she was accused by a QC of attempting to bribe another solicitor's client. No action was taken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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