Defending solicitor Mumtaz Chaudry dismissed any belief that Shah held extremist views.
He said: ‘This is nothing to do with his religious beliefs, his family’s beliefs or his cultural beliefs. He is just an ordinary guy.
‘He is remorseful but, at the time of his interview, he was simply answering questions and didn’t realise that was the right time to show remorse.
‘He has no extremist views, his action doesn’t help the bad reaction in the community.