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Britain hesitant is prosecuting jihadists


Britain hesitant is prosecuting jihadists

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Britain clearly is on self-destruction mode, while it has not only been appeasing radical Islam, sharia, caliphate, and even jihad – it also is showing extreme hesitance in prosecuting members and supporters of notorious Islamist Anjem Choudary’s al-Muhajiroun (ALM), organization that carried out atrocities including the London Bridge attack, 7/7 bombings and murder of Lee Rigby, while others fought for ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban abroad.

Although suspects of the London Bridge jihadist attack had been arrested, none of them has yet been charged by the investigating authorities. According to experts, the Muslim community in Britain has made the authorities so much cowed and intimidated that they [authorities] don’t dare to take any real steps against the radical Muslims and jihadists.

In 2006, British authorities banned ALM as a terrorist group, making membership a criminal offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. But, none of the already identified 600 members of ALM have been prosecuted for membership.

Due to lethargy is prosecuting ALM members, this notorious group may re-emerge under a new name. Moreover, members of ALM are seen roaming around various mosques and Muslim communities within East London, where they are playing role in radicalizing the Muslims, which include youths and migrants from other European Union nations, which would ultimately pose an unmanageable threat to Britain’s national security.

It may be mentioned here that ALM has changed its name numerous times to evade the 2006 ban, and a police operation seen as a test case ended in failure.

Scotland Yard detained 24 activists protesting outside London’s US Embassy in December 2011 for membership of a proscribed group, but they were all released without charge following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

British Prime Minister Theresa May had banned ALM’s latest incarnation – Muslims Against Crusades, but the same jihadists were able to continue their activism by calling themselves United Ummah. Counterterrorism experts are seeing ALM as the most prolific and dangerous extremist group because of its role in radicalizing Muslims who have committed or plotted numerous terrorist acts.

Following the release of several members of ALM, there are concerns of this group’s regenerating especially following the release of Anjem Choudary. It may be mentioned here that, Choudary was jailed for lone-wolf jihadist offenses including inviting support for Islamic State and disseminating jihadist propaganda.

How jihadists are operating in Britain?

For the last several months, I have been closely monitoring activities of Muslim especially in East London and trying to understand the method those jihadists are applying in getting the Muslim residents radicalized.

To understand the key tactics of the jihadists in radicalizing the Muslims, I have questioned fifteen targeted Muslims in East London, many of whom had either migrated to the United Kingdom from Asian nations or had come from the EU countries. I asked their opinion on Jews and Christians and all of them, even thinking for a second replied – “they are enemies of Allah”.

Then I asked the same group of people as they hate Jews and Christians, why they are making their living in Britain, which is not a Muslim country. To my utter surprise and gravest dismay, all of them said, “Islam will conquer Britain one day”.

Those females who had been questioned by me said they were putting on burqa while younger girls were using hijab due to rules applied by the local Muslim community leaders.

Britain harboring radical Islam and jihad

Back in 2009, a family migrated to Britain from Bangladesh with millions of laundered dirty money and had invested in a few business projects. The same family is having business with notorious terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company in Dubai. According to newspaper reports, Md Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan obtained immigration in Britain under Visa Tier-1 (VAF No. 511702). They have invested 12 million pounds, which had been brought into the United Kingdom through illegal channels. National Crime Agency (NCA) or other agencies in Britain did not utter even a word about such a massive crime of money laundering.

Newspapers reported about secret business relations between Tory MP Stephen Hammond and Islamic State funder Md Shahid Uddin Khan. It is even learned that Mr. Khan has actually invested the money in South Coast Regeneration and Investment Property (SCRIP) where Mr Hammond is holding 15 percent of issued share capital from March 8, 2017. It is further learned that Md Shahid Uddin Khan has also invited Sally Hammond, wife of Stephen Hammond MP to join Zumana Investment & Properties Limited (incorporation number 7417417, dated October 23, 2010), company formed by Khan and his family members.

On January 17, 2018, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of Bangladesh Police had raided the Dhaka residence of this family at House No. 184, Road No. 2, Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

During the raid, a large volume of weapons, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency notes and jihadist materials of ISIS were recovered by the CTTC unit.

Following this recovery, three separate cases against ISIS-funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters and other accomplices were lodged. The cases are Cantonment PS, Case no 10, Section-6(2)/7/11/12 of Anti-Terrorism Act 2009 (amendment 2013); Cantonment PS, Case no 11, Section-25-A, Special Power Act 1974; and Cantonment PS, Case no 12, Section-19-A of Arms Act 1878.

Interpol Red Notice

On June 20, 2019, Interpol had issued Red Notice on Md Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan. British authorities are yet to arrest the members of this jihadist family and deport them to Bangladesh.

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz. Follow him on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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