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Anwar receives hate mail after Barcelona attack
Scots lawyer Aamer Anwar has received abuse on social media following the terrorist attack which took place in Barcelona on 18 August.
Anwar was on the city's Las Ramblas thoroughfare when the attack happened, killing 14 people.
In the Spanish city for a conference, he was interviewed in the media after he saw the van career into pedestrians.
His TV appearances prompted abuse on Twitter. Comments included one from Tommy Robinson, former leader of the English Defence League who described Anwar as a “lawyer for ISIS terrorist Aqsa Mahmood”.
Anwar represented Mahmood’s family when she travelled from Glasgow to Syria in 2013 to marry.
He said: “I can’t believe Tommy Robinson has the audacity to call me an Isis lawyer when I have been vociferous in my condemnation of not just IS but any extremism, to the extent I suffered death threats last year.”
Anwar posted dozens of the abusive tweets he had received following the Barcelona terror attack.
He said: “I am still in shock after what happened. When you see comments that wish I died or that I was involved it leaves me even more shaken.”