A piece by David Brown in today’s Times:
A law student who falsely claimed that she was a “sex slave” for a senior government lawyer may be jailed after being convicted of stalking yesterday.
Sana Musharraf, who is Muslim, said that she feared being killed by Islamist extremists if they learnt that she had lost her virginity to Jason Whiston, deputy director of the Government Legal Department.
Isleworth crown court was told that Musharraf, 33, met Mr Whiston when she attended one of his lectures at the London School of Economics.
Mr Whiston, 52, told the court that their two-year relationship ended when he refused to convert to Islam so they could marry. Musharraf said that she sought the advice of the Sharia Council, which rules on Islamic law. The council allegedly told her that she had committed the “terrible sin” of adultery and left her fearing for her life. She then contacted police, Mr Whiston’s employer and the Solicitors Regulation Authority to accuse him of rape.
Carole Fern, for the prosecution, said that Musharraf told Mr Whiston that she would drop the allegations if they married. [J4MB emphasis.] Mr Whiston, a specialist in EU and international tax law, suffered anxiety and has been diagnosed with cancer which may be related to the stress, Ms Fern said.
After a two-week trial Musharraf was convicted of stalking Mr Whiston and Tamara Mohammed, who became his wife. The court was told that she sent excessive messages and made unannounced visits to his home and office.
Police ruled out charging Mr Whiston with rape after finding that Musharraf had lied in interviews and that their sexual relationship was consensual. Judge David Balcombe adjourned sentencing for a psychiatric report [J4MB: A “get out of jail free” attempt] and warned Musharraf that she could be jailed. [J4MB: She “could” be jailed, in the same sense I “could” captain Scotland to a 10:0 victory against Germany in the next World Cup Final.]
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