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February 7, 2005
MIM:No wonder the UK was voted as one of the best countries for Muslims in 2004.The UK treat their terrorists like VIP's, and officials are embarressed that their solicitude was rewarded by having one ungrateful terrorist breach the terms of his house arrest release from prison, due to mental health concerns.
It appears that Algerian national G. was indeed 'crazy like a fox', since he managed to receive two like minded Jihadis at his home which had been under 24 hour surveillance.
Dr. Daniel Pipes had commented on this case in his weblog 'Londinistan Follies':
"UK terror suspects can be confined at home": The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, announced that British citizens suspected of but not charged with of terrorism offenses could be put under house arrest or have their movements controlled. Under the toughest version of othese orders, suspects would be forced to remain indefinitely in designated premises without access to computers or telephones. Lesser suspects would have their movements controlled via electronic tags and curfews. The decision will be issued by the Home Secretary, not a court. One detainee, an Algerian identified as "G," already lives under house arrest after having been released from Belmarsh prison due to illness. He wears an electronic tag and must five times a day call the tagging company. He is forbidden use of the internet and other than his immediate family and medical personnel, visitors must receive permission from the Home Office. The shadow home secretary, David Davis, responded ironically to the news of this new program: "The Home Secretary could find himself confining one known terrorist only to recruit 10 unknown terrorists." (Jan. 27, 2005) http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/298
Decision on International Terror Suspect Due
Feb. 7, 2005
By David Barrett, PA Home Affairs Correspondent
An international terror suspect who has been held under house arrest for more than nine months will today be accused of breaching his bail conditions.
A special tribunal will decide whether the Algerian, known only as G, should be returned to Belmarsh prison.
G is the only man held under the government's controversial anti-terror powers to so far be subjected to house arrest instead of jail.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) hearing could prove embarrassing for Home Secretary Charles Clarke.
House arrest is a crucial part of his proposed new system of "control orders" to deal with foreign and British terror suspects.
G is not allowed to meet anybody apart from his family, lawyers or doctors and is forbidden from using the telephone or a computer to prevent him associating with terrorists.
A hearing was told last week that two men visited his home without permission despite the property being under 24-hour surveillance.
Last July, Siac concluded that even though on bail G was still a threat to national security and that the bail conditions were "essential".
A Home Office spokesman said: "It is down to the court to consider the case.
"However, it could lead to the detainee's return to detention.
"We believe it shows that breaches of bail will be dealt with appropriately."
The 35-year-old, who is partially paralysed due to childhood polio, was let out of jail last April after his lawyers persuaded Siac that his mental health was being damaged by his imprisonment.
Last Monday, Siac approved the release of another detainee, Abu Rideh, because of mental health fears. His bail conditions are yet to be agreed.
The following day, the Home Secretary ordered the release of another detainee, known as C, but refused to explain the reasons behind his decision.
G was born in Djelfa in central Algeria in March 1969.
In a previous statement to Siac, he said he developed polio at the age of two which left him with a permanently weak and paralysed right leg so that he limps and has to wear a support.
He arrived in the UK in August 1995 and claimed asylum – a claim which was rejected in September 1997. An appeal was dismissed in 1999.
He married a French national, with whom he had a daughter in 2000.
The couple applied for a residence permit in November 2000 because G's wife is an European national, and they were eventually granted a six month permit from June 2001.
G was certified as an international terrorist by former Home Secretary David Blunkett on December 19, 2001, and detained.
The certificate said G was a member of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), a banned organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000, which has links to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.
It also said his activities on behalf of the group and of extremist fighters in Chechnya included sponsoring young Muslims in the United Kingdom to go to Afghanistan to train for jihad.
Siac concluded in October 2003: "The closed material confirms our view that there is indeed reasonable suspicion that (G) is an international terrorist ... and reasonable belief that his presence in the United Kingdom is a risk to national security.
"We have no doubt that he has been involved in the production of false documentation, has facilitated young Muslims to travel to Afghanistan to train for jihad and has actively assisted terrorists who have links with al Qaida.
"We are satisfied too that he has actively assisted the GSPC."
Siac allowed G to be released on bail on April 22, 2004, on strict conditions.
But the panel said in July last year: "In granting bail, the commission did not revise its view as to the strength of the grounds for believing that he was an international terrorist and a threat to national security.
"The threat could be managed proportionately in his case in view of his severe mental illness.
"There might be circumstances in which he breaches the terms of his bail or for other reasons it was necessary to revoke it.
"A number of his contacts remain at large including some who are regarded as actively involved in terrorist planning.
"There is nothing to suggest that his mental illness has diminished his commitment to the extremist Islamic cause; he has the experience and capacity to involve himself once more in extremist activity. The bail restraints on him are essential."
In 2002 the leader of the 'Muslim Parliament of Britain voiced "his concern" over the manner of circulation of Bin Laden's terror message in the Muslim community:
25 November 2002
Dr Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament, issued a press statement voicing his concern over the manner of the circulation of Osama Ben Laden's ‘terror' message. The statement indicated that this message was being circulated by Muslim individuals "suspected by some as having intelligence links".
MIM: In 2003 the Muslim Council of Britain. which is linked to terrorist groups, (and whose Finance and Economics committee chairman,Iqbal Asaria, known to be an Al Qaeda webmaster who runs among others, websites called Jihad and Ummah.org,) posted this letter of 'condolence' to the chief of police after a policeman was stabbed to death by a terrorist raiding a Manchester apartment which contained ricin.
MCB board member Asaria is also the webmaster of Salaam.org where this letter was posted, and is behind publications of the CDLR - (The Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights )a group advocating a Taliban style Islamic theocracy, which advocates the overthrow of the Saudi goverment because they are 'un Islamic'.
16 January 2003
The MCB contacted the Chief Constable of Manchester on Tuesday 14 January to express its heartfelt condolences to the family of DC Stephen Oake, tragically killed in Manchester in the course of the execution of a warrant for the detention of a 23-year old Algerian. The MCB has also responded to the Daily Telegraph's editorial on the tragedy (Imams must speak out, 16 January 2003) by noting that " imams and community leaders have continually been speaking to the community on issues of moral and public concern, as they should do, and at the same time trying also to advise the community that no matter how strongly they might feel on any particular issue, they should never lend their ears to any agent provocateur nor take the law into their own hand. Any dissent or disagreement has to be expressed in decent and Islamic manner".
The silencing of a fearless man
Born Francis Asibong Etim in South London in 1958, Sulayman Balal Zain-al-Abidin worked for much of his life as an itinerant chef. After completing schooling in 1974 he took a City & Guilds course in catering and also signed up as a reserve in the Royal Green Jackets battalion from 1976-1979. He adopted Islam in 1979, and his choice of surname, drawing on the memory of the Prophet's family and his great-grandson in particular is also a clue to a young man's journey to a new faith. This was the moment of the reassertion of Islam in Iran and Sulayman once observed that "when I embraced Islam I was fortunate enough, by the grace of Allah, to be in that period when Ayatullah Khomeini was saying ‘No East, No West, Islam is the Best' ".
Sulayman died on 22 December 2002, and if justice is to be done, there are many who will need to be called to the dock to answer for their vendetta against a harmless man - the mob of Fleet Street, a police force obsessed with results, and a Member of Parliament with an agenda.
Sulayman's conversion to Islam coincided with a turbulent period of twentieth century Muslim history – not only was he caught up in the tremendous excitement of the Islamic revolution of Iran, but also the Afghan war against the Soviets, Rushdie's vilification, the frustration of the Iraq-Iran War, the first Intifada, the Lockerbie plane bomb, the frustration when FIS in Algeria were denied their electoral victory and subsequent chaos, the Kuwaiti invasion by Iraq, and the plight of the Bosnians and then the Kosovars. Sulayman channelled his energy and enthusiasm to the causes of the day, holding his own on the soapbox at Speakers Corner and visiting prisons as a Muslim helper. Perhaps drawing on his Army experience, he also provided self-defence and survival training to Muslim youth groups. At no time did he visit Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Chechnya. He did visit Libya in connection with the campaign for a fair trial of those charged as responsible for the Lockerbie crash, Palestine, as part of a Muslim delegation, and the USA (in 1998).
In 1999 Sulayman ventured into the business world with a one-man enterprise, Sakina Security Services. This company's website, registered in Sulayman's name, offered enrolment to ‘the ultimate jehad challenge', a course conducted in the US. The site was one of bravado and hyperbole, referring to the skills needed to conduct ‘high profile missions'. The website declared support for various Muslim causes, including Chechnya and the liberation of Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. This, and his earlier Palestine visit, led to Sulayman being a marked man.
There followed a period of intense pressure from the Police to disclose personal information and details of acquaintances and also serve as a potential police witness. A police officer also stated that if he did not turn up for interview at the Charing Cross station and was not willing to say anything then an application would be made to the Court to commit him to prison for contempt of Court and he would be imprisoned. Sulayman resisted and was arrested on 15 March 1999 under Prevention of Terrorism charges. His solicitors, Arani & Co, were able to obtain legal aid for instigating proceedings. Arani & Co were further successful in an ex-parte application for an explanation order, obtained at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court, and Sulayman was released. However he was then re-arrested on a conspiracy to kidnap and released on bail. Arani & Co successfully obtained further legal aid for instigating proceedings against the police for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.
In August 1999 Channel 4 broadcast a sensationalist ‘Dispatches' to "Kill or to be Killed", to which Sulayman had unwittingly contributed. Arani & Co were unable to pursue a restraining injunction on the TV company because legal aid was not available. Sulayman, now in poor health from an arthritis condition and struggling to make ends meet, was confronted by relentless forces: on 21 September 1999, London's Evening Standard ran a sensationalist headline stating that a London security firm was sending Muslim fighters to Afghanistan. Sulayman was described to as a terrorist. The Hendon MP Andrew Dismore wrote to the police and called for his arrest.
Arani & Co immediately contacted the police on Sulayman's behalf, requesting police protection for him and his family. Sulayman then visited Plumstead Police Station, where he attempted to explain that his security services were above board, bona fide and barely profitable.
Andrew Dismore pursued the matter in Parliament, on 25 May 2000 raising a question with the Home Secretary to establish what action would be taken "in respect of the activities of Sakina Security Services relating to British Islamic fundamentalists and firearms and explosives training in the United States". Arani & Co would show that only one person had ever enrolled on Sakina's training course, - a Sainsbury's security guard who traveled to a commercial bodyguard training camp in the United States and that the web site notice offered the same type of training course advertised by 125 different English companies. In fact some of the site's content had been taken - without permission - from a US security company's web site. Notwithstanding all this, in the aftermath of September 11 Sulayman was arrested on 1st October 2001 charged with providing training in guns and explosives, an offence under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Andrew Dismore continued the pursuit of his quarry. On 16 October 2001 he observed in Parliament that "Sakina is an Islamist security organisation with extremely close links to al-Muhajiroun and Supporters of Sharia. Sakina sends people overseas for jihad training with live arms and ammunition. It is hostile to the British Government, police and security services, and regularly issues threats to British interests in the United Kingdom and overseas. It is also particularly anti-semitic and appears to have singled out the Jewish community as its direct adversary. In October 2000, Sakina launched an appeal for donations to the Al Aqsa Liberation Fund to raise money to support the Palestinian jihad….Sakina also organises training in many different sites in the United Kingdom. However, its activities are not limited to that. A bulletin board posted on its website a year ago today claimed that Sakina operatives were in ‘occupied Palestine, sisterly Lebanon and in Jordan' ready to fight in the Palestinian jihad. Although the police have acted, I regret that the Department of Trade and Industry has done nothing to close the company. So far, only one Sakina associate, Sulayman Bilal Zain-ul Abidin—also known as Frank Etim—has been arrested and charged with offences under the Terrorism Act 2000".
After a ten month incarceration in the Belmarsh high security prison, Sulayman was brought to trial in the Old Bailey in August 2002. The prosecution case was that Sakina Security Services was a front for Al-Qaida, for "the pursuit of jihad, a holy war, against the perceived enemies of Islam". These allegations could not be backed by evidence to convince a jury, and after four days of deliberation, Sulayman was acquitted. Faced with financial ruin, in poor health and a house repossessed, he planned to sue the police for unlawful arrest. He told the press, "If you speak up for oppressed people, it means you are a terrorist. If you give money to any Muslim charity organisations, you're funding terrorism". At his trial he explained Jehad as struggle in its widest sense. It is a tribute to his character that he did not lose a sense of humour and could draw on his Catholic upbringing to reinforce the point, "the priest used to say every Sunday take this bread all of you and eat it - this is the body of Isa alayhissalam, asthagfullah, and then he would say take this water and drink it - this is the blood of Isa alayhissalam, asthagfullah. So if I was to act like they do and take the religion out of context I'd say look at these people they are promoting cannibalism".
The due process of law however did not quell Andrew Dismore's concerns, who was reported as describing the verdict as very disappointing. FBI sources also confirmed that they were still investigating an alleged link between Sakina and James Ujaama, arrested in Denver, Colorado, for delivering laptop computers to the Taliban.
Sulayman believed that the police would be carrying out a character assassination against Muddasir Arani, his solicitor. He was on the verge of disclosing this information to her in December 2002 when he was taken into hospital on an emergency basis for a knee operation. A friend recounts that "Sulayman was laughing and joking with us for the first two days after his operation. He was sitting up in bed and said he felt fine. By the third day he seemed drowsy and his wife became alarmed. After that he slipped in to a coma. His drug records went missing and no one seemed to know what medication he had been given. It all sounded very suspicious and then on Sunday he died. He never came out of his coma".
Maddassar Arani notes that, "His wife did not want a post mortem examination on religious grounds and because of her wishes no tests or examinations have been carried out. She does not want her husband's body to be exhumed to try and prove foul play or medical negligence. She has lost her husband and no amount of legal activity and claims can bring back her husband. She did not want his burial delayed and wants no further pain for her husband. We have to respect her wishes. The cause of death on the certificate has been given as cardiac arrest, organ failure, a septic knee and arthritis. His death is very suspicious. The day before he went into hospital he said he wanted to see me about something very important. He said he had some vital information about the anti- terrorist squad, but did not want to discuss it over the telephone."
(Sources: http://www.inminds.co.uk/sep11-hidden-victims.html#t2; http://www.ummahnews.com/viewarticle.php?sid=887;
solicitor Mudassar Arani of Arani & Co)
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