No disciplinary action will be taken against Samiya Butt. To take any action would be “Islamophobic” and incompatible with British values.
A WOMAN who works for the Government’s counter-terrorism unit has been posting backing for extremists online.
Samiya Butt, a co-ordinator with Prevent, a taxpayer-funded role, changed her profile picture on Facebook to show support for Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend).
She changed it to advertise Mend’s logo for its Islamophobia awareness month, which features a finger pointing upwards that has been used by ISIS fighters in propaganda images.
Ms Butt, who is responsible for allocating funds locally in Manchester to combat radicalisation, also posted a picture of a Mend event with the caption #iam2016.
In September 2015 Mend organised a 200-strong march in east London to protest against Prevent.
Ms Butt is also Facebook friends with Mend’s director, Azad Ali, an extremist who has supported the killing of British troops and praised al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki.
Henry Jackson Society research fellow, Rupert Sutton, said: “Mend has been part of a deeply damaging campaign to undermine public confidence in counter-radicalisation efforts at a time when they are needed more than ever.
“Prevent delivery staff should be vigorously challenging Mend’s anti-Prevent activism, not working with them under any circumstances.”
While the demand for legalising fighting in Syria does not appear in Mend’s Muslim Manifesto, the group’s chief exec, Sufyan Ismail, said during a talk at the Zakariyya Central Mosque in Bolton, that if the group had influence within the political system, it could make it easier for Britons to fight in Syria….