- Hani al-Sibai is believed to have influenced a number of young Muslim men
- Lives in area where Jihadi John spent time with London Boys terror cell
- Security services believed to be investigating cleric’s influence on network
- Al-Sibai recently caused outrage for making sexist remarks to Lebanese TV host live on air
“Free to stroll through Britain’s cities, this is the cleric suspected of radicalizing “Jihadi John” — the ISIS video executioner.
An extremist preacher who is suspected of radicalising Jihadi John lives in a leafy west London street and cannot be deported because of his human rights.
Egyptian-born Hani al-Sibai is believed to have influenced a number of young men, who then travelled abroad to join terror groups, including JIhadi John, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi.
The radical cleric lives in the same neighbourbood where Emwazi, who was unmasked in February as the notorious murderer in Islamic State’s ruthless propaganda videos, hung out with fellow jihadists.
Now, security services are believed to be investigating al-Sibai’s influence on the London Boys terror cell in which Jihadi John – unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi – operated.
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The Sunday Telegraph‘s Robert Mendick and Robert Vervaik reported that it is claimed the preacher ‘captivated’ a number of young Muslim men who went on to fight jihad abroad.
Although it is not clear if the 54-year-old made direct contact with Emwazi, he does post radical messages on websites he runs that are reportedly very influential on young wannabe jihadists.
In a court case last year, he was accused of having “provided material support to al-Qaida and conspired to commit terrorist acts,” an allegation he denies. Despite being officially identified as an affiliate of the notorious terror network, al-Sibai, citing his human rights, has thwarted government attempts to deport him for more than 15 years.”
It seems this Islamic cleric has a clear definition of “coexist” — he dismisses the notion. How can it be that someone with ties to al-Qaida who has been proselytizing and encouraging jihad can make a plea about his “human rights”?
This, ladies and gents, is the result of the ill-conceived “coexist” bumper sticker world where we, in Western civilization, extend our rights and privileges to a most vile enemy. It is this same mentality and cowardice of our elected officials that enables the enemy to gain advantage because we wish to feel good about empathizing.
He has also been linked to Adel Abdel Bari, another Egyptian-born jihadist and senior al-Qaeda operative.
Bari and al-Sibai were close associates in London until Bari was jailed for 25 years for a series of terror plots earlier this year.
And Bari’s son Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 25, is well known as an aspiring rapper from west London, who is is thought to be part of Jihadi John’s network inside Islamic State.
Al-Sibai’s bank accounts and assets are subject to freezing orders by the United Nations, the UK Treasury and US Treasury.
He was accused of having ‘provided material support to al-Qaeda and conspired to commit terrorist acts’ in court last year – which he denied.
Last year, he went to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in a bid to get his status as an al-Qaeda affiliate overturned as well as and allow him access to bank accounts.
But despite being identified as an affiliate of al-Qaeda, al-Sibai has blocked government attempts to deport him for more than 15 years – citing his human rights.
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When he first claimed asylum in 1994, he told officials he had been tortured in Egypt after acting as a lawyer for Islamist groups and was linked to the opposition Muslim Brotherhood.
He was denied on national security grounds, and was jailed in 1998 pending deportation.
But as officials were unable to obtain the necessary assurances to guarantee al-Sibai’s safety, human rights laws mean suspects cannot be deported to countries where they are at risk.
So, despite being added to the UN’s al-Qaeda sanctions list ten years ago, he has temporary leave to remain in the UK.
The rent on his home in Hammersmith, which is owned by a housing association and reportedly worth up to £1million, is paid by the taxpayer, according to The Telegraph.
And while in the country, he has regularly provoked outrage with his extremist comments, notably describing the July 7 bombing as a ‘great victory’ for the terror organisation.
More recently, he made headlines after a female Lebanese TV presenter cut him off for making sexist comments live on air.
Rima Karaki had been conducting an interview with al-Sibai on reports of Christians joining Islamic groups such as ISIS in the Middle East when the scholar went off on a historical tangent.
When she urges him to return to the topic at hand, it sparked a heated argument – ultimately resulting in Ms Karaki ending the interview abruptly for his lack of respect towards her.
It is this degraded moral state that looks at the enemy and blames ourselves for not providing them better jobs and opportunities. All this while they demand that we not show certain films because it offends them. This is how you lose, because when tolerance becomes a one-way street it leads to cultural suicide.
The Telegraph goes further, “The public purse has also paid for a number of legal actions brought by al-Sibai against the British government in his battle to prevent his deportation to Egypt and also attempts to have his name removed from terror sanctions lists. From his home, al-Sibai, also known as Hani Youssef, runs an effective al-Qaida propaganda machine, that includes the al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies. In recent months he has used various internet sites to praise bin Laden and glorify al-Qaida for waging war against “the Crusader-Zionists”.”
Do any of you see just how blatantly stupid this is? In the UK, the taxpayer is paying for an Islamic terrorist and we wonder why they disrespect and laugh at us. I am quite sure you can find something similar occurring in Minneapolis with the very militant Islamic ISIS recruiting ground in the Somali community. How many are subsisting on the backs of the American taxpayer? Not just there but also in Dearborn, Michigan or even in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.