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Glorifying terrorism to be outlawed in UK - Radical clerics to be barred from entry

July 17, 2005


London Mayor Ken Livingstone invited Qaradawi back to Britain for further conferences

The Dhimmi and the Jihadi - London July 2004

'Londonistan' Mayor Ken Livingstone looks adoringly at his favorite Islamist .

More zero degrees of separation.MAS/ICNA trustee and teacher Qaradawi also attended a meeting with Al Muhajiroun and members of the Muslim Brotherhood in London.

MIM:Will the new law barring radical clerics mean that London mayor Ken Livingston can no longer host his dear friend Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi ?

Glorifying terror to be outlawed
By Andrew Sparrow, John Steele and Ben Fenton
(Filed: 16/07/2005)

The Government announced action yesterday to outlaw those who glorify terrorism, as it emerged that one of the suicide bombers who killed more than 50 people in London visited Parliament last year as the guest of an MP.

Hazel Blears, the police minister, issued details of sweeping new anti-terrorism laws to be introduced in Parliament this year.

Magdy Elnashar
Scientist Magdy Elnashar has been arrested in Cairo

She said that radical preachers who supported suicide bombers could be caught by a new offence of "indirect incitement to commit terrorist acts".

Indirect incitement could include "people who seek to glorify terrorism acts, perhaps by saying: 'Isn't it marvellous this has happened; these people are martyrs.' " Such comments could be seen as an "endorsement of terrorism".

In a letter sent to the Tories and the Liberal Democrats, the Home Office also proposed to make it an offence to provide or receive terrorist training in Britain or abroad and to create an offence of committing acts preparatory to terrorism.

Next week Tony Blair will meet Michael Howard, the Tory leader, and Charles Kennedy, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, in the hope of reaching cross-party consensus on the proposals, which will be included in a counter-terrorism Bill.

David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said: "This appears to be a very sensible start. We support the principle behind these plans."

The focus of the investigation into the Underground and bus bombs shifted to Egypt, with the arrest in Cairo of Magdy Elnashar, 33, a scientist with a PhD in biochemistry from Leeds University.

London bombings

Elnashar was reported to have had connections with a flat in Leeds, which was searched by police looking for information about the four bombers. But he was not named as a suspect.

There were reports that quantities of an unstable home-made explosive were found in the flat.

It is not clear whether Elnashar's arrest near his family's home at dawn yesterday was at the request of Scotland Yard or because the Egyptian authorities were aware of the publicity surrounding him or because he volunteered.

Pressure mounted on the security services to say whether there had been a breakdown in intelligence after Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said that a man with links to Islamist terrorist groups had entered Britain two weeks before the bomb attacks a week last Thursday.

"There is nothing at the moment that links him directly," Sir Ian said. "But what we expect to find at some stage is that there is a clear al-Qa'eda link, a clear al-Qa'eda approach."

The home in Cairo where Magdy Elnashar grew up
The home in Cairo where Magdy Elnashar grew up

The man's identity has not been released.

Sir Ian said there was "a very strong possibility" of more bombs. He added: "The four men who are dead and who we believe to be the bombers - though we have confirmed only two identities absolutely - are in the category of foot soldiers. We have to find who encouraged them, who trained them, who is the chemist."

Asked about Elnashar's arrest, he said he was aware of it and if necessary he would send officers to Egypt to question him or seek his extradition.

The Labour Party confirmed that Mohammed Sidique Khan, the bomber believed to have blown up one of the Tube trains near Edgware Road station, visited the Houses of Parliament last October as a guest of Jon Trickett, the Labour MP whose wife is the head of the school where Khan worked as a teaching assistant.

Khan had known the Trickett family since the late 1980s and visited their home. He was in the same year group as their son at Matthew Murray School in the Holbeck district of Leeds.

The family of the 18-year-old terrorist who blew up the No 30 bus at Tavistock Square, killing 13 people including himself, issued a statement of regret for the deaths and injuries and sympathy for the families of the victims.

It said: "We, the family of Hasib Mir Hussain, are devastated over the events of the past few days. Hasib was a loving and normal young man who gave us no concern and we are having difficulty taking this in.

"Our thoughts are with all the bereaved families and we have to live ourselves with the loss of our son in these difficult circumstances.

"We had no knowledge of his activities and, had we done, we would have done everything in our power to stop him. We urge anyone with information about these events, or leading up to them, to co-operate fully with the authorities.

"This is a difficult time and we ask you to let us grieve for our son in private."

Twenty-two Muslim leaders and scholars met in London to condemn the London attacks, saying that the bombers had violated the Koran by killing innocent people and that no one should consider them to be martyrs.

15 July 2005: Extremist clerics will be barred from Britain under new anti-terrorism law
12 July 2005: Muslim leader agrees incitement is a crime
8 July 2005: Bombings may open the door for tougher anti-terrorism laws

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