Omar Bakri, the former British jihadist now based in Lebanon, is still at it: recruiting and exhorting British Muslims to jihad via the Internet. “Covert preaching of banned cleric,” from the BBC, with thanks to Davida:
A banned cleric is still preaching support for terrorism to young British Muslims by appearing incognito on the internet, the BBC has learned.
The joint investigation by File on 4 and Newsnight has found Omar Bakri Mohammed broadcasts hatred for the UK using a variety of pseudonyms.
He was excluded from the UK last August on the grounds that his presence was “not conducive to the public good.”…
The BBC investigation has also revealed how young British Muslims are being radicalised by extremists on university campuses and in street gangs.
Omar Bakri Mohammed ran the radical al-Muhajiroun group from Tottenham, north London, until it was proscribed last year….
In one broadcast he praised the 2005 London bombers by saying: “How can you condemn those great men – it’s not something so bad, something so good. Something so good to be involved in.”…
During an online question and answer session a Vigil member asked Omar Bakri Mohammed if Dublin Airport should be a terrorist target because US troops transit there on the way to Iraq.
The cleric replied: “Hit the target and hit it very hard, that issue should be understood. Your situation there is quite difficult therefore the answer lies in your question.”…
Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said he would examine the details of the claim.
He also said: “Glorifying terrorism on the internet is an offence and we are trying to deal with it and keep up with it.
Mr McNulty added: “We do have to keep these things under review.”
of course, McNulty.