The answer seems to be “When it’s a Muslim peer and his family in the dock“:
The charges against Lord Ahmed of Rotherham and two of his brothers, Mohamed Farouq and Mohammed Tariq, date back to the late 1960s and early 1970s.
All three were due to face a trial in the summer.
That didn’t stop the prosecution of Ray Teret, did it?
Mr Farouq would not be able to follow details from “truly ages and ages and ages ago”, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
But Stuart Hall could…?
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told the court he had reached the “unhesitating conclusion” that Mr Farouq, 68, of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, would not be able to instruct lawyers.
“I simply state for the purpose of underlining how long ago these offences are alleged to have occurred that Harold Wilson was the still the prime minister in his first period of office, President Lyndon Johnson was the president of the United States, and it was only in late 1968 that President Nixon was elected to office.”
And it was early 1975 when Rolf Harris was alleged to have committed one of his offences. So what?
A further hearing date is due to be set next month.
If the Attorney General doesn’t intervene, one can only conclude that the wilder conspiracy theorists on the net are right, for once – there really is an establishment policy to excuse high-level Muslims from crimes that the indigenous population go to jail for…