In the wake of 7/7, Brent Council published the following statement:
We are proud of the good relations that exist between Brent’s multi-cultural and multi-faith community. This has always been one of our greatest strengths and community leaders are united in ensuring that our way of life continues. Religious intolerance, racism or bigotry will not be tolerated in Brent and residents should not hesitate to report any incidents of faith or race hate crime to the police. The terrorists will fail to divide us one from another.
Unfortunately, the hospitality and facilities of Brent Council are being abused by the illegal jihadist group Al Ghurabaa which is an incarnation of Al Muhajiroun.
Al Ghurabaa now calls itself Islam for the UK.
Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000 makes it an offence to belong to a proscribed terrorist organisation. Section 12 of the Act makes it an offence to support a proscribed organisation.
On the 1st March 2009, Al Muhajiroun is holding a conference entitled “The Islamic State – Past Present and Future” at the Vale Farm Sports Centre. The Vale Farm Sports Centre is “a Brent Council facility managed under contract by Leisure Connection”.
Brent Council should cancel this booking. The police should identify those behind it, and arrest them as soon as possible.
Councillor Paul Lorber is the Leader of Brent Council.
Here is a report on their last meeting.
[I[n a prepared statement, the Home Office said: “The UK is determined to stop those who spread extremism through preaching violent messages in our communities, but it is for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to investigate any breach of the law.”
When told of this, a Metropolitan Police spokesman was nonplussed. “It’s the Home Office that makes the laws,” he said. “If it doesn’t know whether something is against the law, then who does?”
Yet, of course, the police have a duty to investigate and decide if the organisers should be prosecuted.
Indeed they do. So, let’s have that investigation, eh?
Then, there’s this:
Choudary, 41, a lawyer – who is said while at Southampton University (where he called himself Andy) to have indulged in alcohol, cannabis and casual sex before embracing fundamentalism – is the only one who appears clear on the issue. He told the Standard: “The Government decided Omar Bakri’s presence here is not conducive to the public good but he’s not been found guilty of any criminal offence and so there is no restriction on interacting with him by video or phone link.”
I would be quite surprised if Anjum got very much casual sex when he was an undergraduate. We were all a pretty ugly looking bunch back then. I think both of us have improved, in terms of our appearance at least, since those happy days.