Now here will be a test case if I ever saw one. If he is allowed to stay and continue to preach hatred and violence, it’s good night for Britain. From the TimesOnline, :
ONE of the targets of the Government’s crackdown on the preachers of hate said last night that he would not try to flee Britain or go into hiding before his expected arrest next week.
Muhammad al-Massari, the Saudi dissident, said that if Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, tried to target him as the first to be deported, he would wreck the initiative in the courts. “He wants to look tough by picking high-profile people, but I am ready to fight him in the courts,” he said.
Another hardliner believed to be on the government list, Yasser al-Siri, an Egyptian-born website operator, said: “I”m not worried about expulsion. My legal team think it’s impossible.”
Mr Clarke said he expected to see the first of the extremists excluded from Britain in the coming week.
Dr al-Massari, 58, who has lived in Britain since 1994, has been condemned by MPs from all parties for reportedly backing the killing of Tony Blair on his website and radio station.