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Local Muslim support for shoe bomber Sajid Badat proves that communities can be expected to harbor terrorists not hunt them

Police efforts to get Muslim communities to report terrorists results in discrimination complaints and defense of those arrested
August 10, 2005

Sajid Badat, 25, a former grammar school pupil from Gloucester, travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2002 and attended the same training camp as Reid. He abandoned his plan to detonate a shoe bomb, but was arrested and the explosive device was found in his parents' home http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,22989-1693405,00.html

MIM: Badat's arrest in 2003 led to predictions that more suicide bombers were being cultivated in the UK the support of the Gloucester Muslim community for Badat sent a signal to like minded young Muslims that they would be protected within the Islamist fold. A CBS news report quoted terrorism experts who rightly concluded that:

"... Badat's arrest was a major success. But it's also a cause for alarm.

"The logical conclusion has to be that the terrorist handlers of Richard Reid, as also this British Pakistani, may have been grooming a number of sleeper suicide bombers and this raises the possibility: How many others are out there?" asks M.J. Gohel of the Asia-Pacific Foundation..." http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/11/27/terror/main585922.shtml

MIM: This Muslim professionals message board posting inadvertently sums up the problem and shows the lack of foresight on the part of UK law enforcement that lead up to the July 7th bombings.

12-03-2003, Salaams,

A truly sad day, we really need to think how we can tackle such activity. I feared more for the centre at Blackburn as it would have closed down if the police said we need to carry out a detailed investigation of everything from Islamic Education to where the students stayed. Muslims now will have to work harder in the UK that they do not have explosions tucked under the store rooms. http://www.muslimprofessionals.org.uk/forums/archive/index.php/t-96.html

Salaams

Hanif


In the name of Allah, the most beneficient and merciful Thursday 11 August 2005 Wednesday 10 August 2005 Wednesday 10 August 2005 Wednesday 10 August 2005 Wednesday 10 August 2005 Wednesday 10 August 2005 Wednesday 10 August 2005 Wednesday 10 August 2005

Press Release from the Joint Working Group (Shura)

The Muslim community in Gloucester remains a peaceful and law abiding community. We have been deeply shocked and troubled by this awful news. The community has respected the Justice system of this country and remain confident that the due process of law will be appropriately concluded. We have not at any time been aware of Qari Hafiz Sajid Badat's actions, involvements or intentions. The Muslim community has always promoted tolerance and peace. We continue to condemn all forms of violence and terrorism, and we remain committed to living and working within the framework of the laws of this country. We would wish to assure the wider community of our intention to co-exist peacefully and harmoniously with them. 28th February 2005 Ends Note for Editors The Joint Working Group (known as the Shura) was established for the purpose of dealing with any issues arising from the trial of Qari Hafiz Sajid Badat, which commenced on 28th February 2005. The Shura will be guided and overseen by the Imams of both of Gloucester's Mosques, plus local Scholars. The remainder of the Shura is made up of delegates from the Executive Committees of Jama-al-Karim Mosque and Gloucester Muslim Welfare Association. The Shura, on behalf of the community, will undertake all dealings with any agencies including Police, City Council, and County Council etc. Additionally, the Shura will be taking all media enquiries, giving responses as and when it considers it appropriate to do so. It is important to note that these comments will be representative of the community view, as the group has a mandate from the overwhelming majority of the Muslim community in Gloucester. The Shura has requested that the media do not approach individuals, particularly outside the two city Mosques. To this end, NO INTERVIEWS WILL BE GIVEN OUTSIDE THE MOSQUES. The Shura has appointed two spokesmen for all media enquiries: Mr. Anwar Limalia and Mr. Shabir Ahmed Bham Contact number: 0781 402 5586 This Shura supersedes any previous arrangements.

"Because of that We ordained... that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, and to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind"

Hafiz Qari Sajid Badat

Background:

In reaction to the arrest of Qari Hafez Sajid Badat on 27th November 2003 (3rd Shawwal, 1424AH), a committee was formed, who would act as the official spokesman/liaison to communicate to the Media, Police Service, Local Authorities etc. It was agreed that a web site should be started, the aims of this would be to: If you wish to send a message to Qari Hafiz Sajid Badat, or to the Badat Family, please write to us at support@mcgonline.org.uk(We may not be able to acknowledge your message, but we promise that all messages will be passed on.)

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Brits Foil Plot To Bomb U.S. Jet
LONDON, Dec. 4, 2003


Sources tell CBS News that British police have foiled a plot to blow up an airliner en route from London's Heathrow Airport to the U.S. Sajid Badat, a Pakistani Briton, was arrested in his hometown of Gloucester last week during a series of police raids across Britain.

Badat, 24, was charged Wednesday with conspiring with Richard Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber," and "others unknown" to cause an explosion "likely to endanger life" between September 1, 2001 and November 28, 2003.

He is also charged with two lesser offenses of "possessing explosives."

Shortly after the arrest, Home Secretary David Blunkett said the security services and police believed the suspect had "connections with the network of al Qaeda groups."

"We would not have taken these steps had we not believed that this individual posed a very real threat to the life and liberty of our country," Blunkett told CBS News Correspondent Tom Fenton.

London police commissioner Sir John Stevens said Wednesday the force is on a heightened state of terrorist alert.

Reid was sentenced to life in prison for a Dec. 22, 2001, bombing attempt aboard a Paris-to-Miami flight. When he pleaded guilty in October 2002, Reid said he was a member of al Qaeda, pledged his support to Osama bin Laden, and declared himself an enemy of the United States.

Reid had tried to ignite plastic explosives hidden in his shoes on American Airlines Flight 63. Prosecutors said there was enough plastic explosives in his shoes to blow a hole in the fuselage and kill all 197 people aboard.

Badat was one of more than a dozen people arrested and questioned under anti-terrorism laws in the past week, but police said they were not linked.

Ibrahim Master, chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, said last week that the suspect had been a student at the College of Islamic Knowledge and Guidance in Blackburn, northern England.

An Algerian national, Noureddinne Mouleff, was charged earlier Wednesday with terrorism and fraud offenses.

Mouleff, 36, who lives in southern England, was charged under the Terrorism Act provision that cites "possession of items or articles connected to the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism."

Appearing at Bow Street Magistrates Court in central London, Mouleff was also charged with conspiring with others to defraud banks of $127,500. His bail application was rejected and he was ordered to attend a Dec. 10 hearing at the Old Bailey criminal court.

Terrorism experts say Badat's arrest was a major success. But it's also a cause for alarm.

"The logical conclusion has to be that the terrorist handlers of Richard Reid, as also this British Pakistani, may have been grooming a number of sleeper suicide bombers and this raises the possibility: How many others are out there?" asks M.J. Gohel of the Asia-Pacific Foundation.

Experts say the real problem for security forces is that there is no single person directing potential atrocities. There are a number of autonomous groups, based in a number of countries. If one cell is destroyed, there are other unconnected cells still out there.

The Sunday Times this week reported that security services feared a Christmas bombing campaign by al Qaeda terrorists simultaneous attacks on such soft targets as shopping centers. It said unidentified security sources said suspects under surveillance had carried out possible reconnaissance or "dummy runs" for attacks on commercial centers.

The report could not be confirmed, and police repeated their statement that they had no specific intelligence, but advised the public to be alert to any potential threat.

Director-general of the MI5 security service Eliza Manningham-Buller said in October that the threat of attack by Islamic terrorists was at a high level. She described a kind of "sleeper" terrorist who might be living in Britain networks of individuals sympathetic to the aims of al-Qaida that blend into society. "Some of these individuals are in the U.K," she said.

Terrorist attacks on British targets in Turkey two weeks ago killed at least 27 people and wounded hundreds.

Britain has advised its nationals in Saudi Arabia to maintain a high level of vigilance, particularly in places frequented by foreigners such as hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.

A Nov. 8 suicide bombing at a Riyadh housing compound was preceded by warnings of a pending terrorist attack issued by the Australian, British and U.S. embassies in Riyadh. Seventeen people were killed.


"Because of that We ordained... that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, and to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind" http://www.mcgonline.org.uk/sajid/latest.html

Sajid Badat > Latest News

Sajid Badat has been remanded in custody after being charged with terrorism offences. The following is the full wording of the charges brought against Sajid Badat. 1. Between 1st day of September 2001 and 28th day of November 2003 unlawfully and maliciously conspired with Richard Reid and others unknown to cause by an explosive device an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom or elsewhere. Contrary to section 3(1) (A) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 (As amended by Section 62 of the Terrorism Act 2000). 2. Between 1st day of September 2001 and 28th day of November 2003 unlawfully and maliciously had in your possession or under your control an explosive substance with intent by means thereof to endanger life, or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, or to enable any other person so to do. Contrary to section 3 (1) (b) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 (As amended by Section 62 of the Terrorism Act 2000). 3. On 27th November 2003 knowingly had in your possession or under your control an explosive substance, under such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable suspicion that you did not have it in your possession or under your control for a lawful object. Contrary to Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 (As amended by Section 77 of the Terrorism Act 2000).

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