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A Muslim Prosecutor in Britain, Fighting Forced Marriages and Honor Crimes
by Katrin Bennhold
Nazir Afzal's enemies are a diverse lot.
Some, like him, are Muslim men who were born in Britain but have roots in Pakistan or other South Asian countries and cannot understand how Mr. Afzal would be critical of forced marriages and honor crimes and give "racists another stick to beat us with."
Others are from Britain's far-right fringe and cannot accept that a Muslim is chief prosecutor for "their" queen and "their" country. They once wrote a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, demanding that he fire and deport Mr. Afzal, who chuckled before responding, "I was born in Birmingham, England, and I'm not going back there."
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