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Bangladeshi-origin lawyer to take on Rushanara Ali in UK election

Update : 24 Jan 2024, 16:17

Akunjee rose to fame by helping Shamima Begum. During the 1970s, his father moved to a different country, Rushanara Ali has represented Labour in the UK Parliament since 2010.

I am excited to announce that Mohammed Tasnime Akunjee, a human rights lawyer and political commentator from Bangladesh, has officially announced his candidacy for the upcoming UK general election. Akunjee will be running as an independent candidate in the Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, where he will be challenging Labour's Rushanara Ali. 

Akunjee made this announcement on X, previously known as Twitter, at midnight on Tuesday, expressing his optimism for the support of the public.

He is a consultant for Waterfords Solicitors. His profile on its website states: “Tasnime is a criminal defence solicitor working in the field of Terrorism and Terrorism related offending, he has been engaged in this field of work within the context of legal defence from 1999 onwards.”

“In March 2015 he was involved in advising the families of the three schoolgirls (Shamima Begum, Khadiza Sultana and Amira Abase) who left Bethnal Green Academy and travelled from East London to ISIS-controlled Syria. Tasnime has advised individuals and entities in the UK and abroad on their operations and the framework of the laws applicable to them in their activities pertinent to assisting people escaping from conflict zones. He has also advised entities with respect to the provision of humanitarian aid to Syria and Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey,” it adds.

His opponent, Rushanara Ali, is a British politician serving as the member of parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010. A member of the Labour Party, she was the first British Bangladeshi elected to parliament.

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