Has anyone seen Donald Fagen lately?
Anyway, why did the Home Office allow this man to stay in the country? Would it have been “Islamophobic” to deport him? Was the Home Office too busy making sure that foes of jihad terror did not enter the country to bother with Rabar Mala? He is a symptom of what is wrong with the Home Office’s focus under Theresa May, and David Cameron before her.
“Islamic State ‘Sim card man’ jailed,” by Dominic Casciani, BBC, April 27, 2018:
A man who helped hundreds of jihadist fighters to communicate by activating mobile phone Sim cards for them in the UK has been jailed for eight years.
Rabar Mala, who lived in Warrington, became what amounted to an IT support worker for the Islamic State group.
He helped hundreds of militants in Syria, Iraq, and Turkey get online by exploiting how social media accounts are registered to phone numbers.
Court documents revealed that Mala was living illegally in the UK.
It’s not clear whether the Home Office had tried to remove him.
Mala – originally from Iraq – admitted two counts of possession of property for a terrorist purpose.
Manchester Crown Court heard he also had unfulfilled aspirations to attack the Royal Cheshire County Show….
When detectives searched Mala’s home they found hundreds of Sim cards and 29 social media accounts on a number of handsets.
These contained a vast number of chat groups and more than 700,000 messages, many of which were between IS militants.
As they delved deeper into these records, they established that over 18 months, Mala had registered and activated 360 Sim cards – and he used these in turn to help fighters who had no easy means of registering social media accounts without drawing attention to themselves….
He was caught only because police linked him to extremist material posted on YouTube.
There’s no evidence that Mala made any money from offering the service, leading police to conclude he did it because he believed in the cause.
Some of his messages indicated his commitment to the IS group. In one, he urged associates to consider joining him to attack the Royal Cheshire County Show.
“I am in a place… itchy for operation. About half a million people will attend the show,” he wrote. “I have about seven tickets – it only needs people and weapon.”
The 33-year-old arrived in the UK in 2008. At the time of his arrest last August he had been refused leave to remain. He was working illegally under an assumed name as a car valet.
It’s not clear why he was still in the UK and whether the Home Office, which has been approached for comment, made any attempt to locate and remove him….