Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
- Calls for communal Friday prayers have been rejected by ministers
- Ex-prison governor Ian Acheson wrote a report about extremism in jails
- But the suggestion regarding prayers has been refused by ministers
- Officials claim the new rule would disrupt the wider prison population
- A prison expert said moving extremists between jails was a 'ghost train'
A report by former prison governor Ian Acheson (pictured) said extremists have been able to spread their poison behind bars for too long
Calls for communal Friday prayers to be carried out in cells due to fears that some prisoners are being radicalised by extremists have been rejected by ministers.
Former prison governor, Ian Acheson, wrote a report which said terrorists have been able to spread their poison behind bars for far too long without intervention.
And Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, backed the report and also called for Friday prayers to be carried out in cells instead of communally.
He said: 'Friday prayers are putting immense pressure on the already pressed prison service.
'In France and Germany they do Friday prayers from their cells.
'This report says we should do the same and there is no reason for the Government not to accept this recommendation.'
But the recommendation has been rejected by officials who fear the new rules would disrupt the wider jail population.
Officials were also worried the ban might even result in extremism and discontent within inmates, reports The Times.
The Ministry of Justice has also rejected two other recommendations which relate to Islamist extremism within UK jails.
The other suggestions included the appointment of an adviser on counter-terrorism in prisons and a review of the correspondence between prisoners and their lawyers.
And the justice rejected the new plan for Friday prayers and added they do not believe it is the 'right course of action'.
The Ministry of Justice told the newspaper: 'We will ensure that governors use their existing powers to remove prisoners from corporate worship where they are behaving subversively or promoting beliefs that run counter to fundamental British values.
'We do not, however, believe it is the right course of action at present to alter the provision of worship more generally or to pursue in-cell alternatives.'
One prison source told the newspaper: 'There would be enormous political fallout as well as risks to the stability of prisons if Friday prayers were banned.
'It would become an issue of us attacking religion, whatever faith was involved.'
Liz Truss, the justice secretary, said that preventing the 'most dangerous extremists from radicalising other prisoners is essential to the safe running of prisons'.
Mr Acheson told the newspaper that he was 'very pleased' that the secretary of state has 'accepted the majority' of the review recommendations.
Meanwhile, one prison expert called the movement of troublesome Islamic extremist inmates between jails a 'ghost train' approach.
it also comes as ministers warned that locking up extremist prisoners in special 'jihadi wings' will be akin to opening up a British Guantanamo Bay.
Isolating hate preachers and Islamist terror offenders in jails would also give them 'credibility', according to Mr Gillan.
It is understood that hate preacher Anjem Choudary will be held in the first special isolation wing for Muslim extremists at top-security HMP Frankland in Durham.
Choudary, 49, was convicted of terror offences last week.
The firebrand cleric, who was found guilty of supporting Islamic State, will be sentenced next month.
HMP Frankland has been chosen because it has experience of dealing with the most dangerous terrorists.
Channel counter-extremism programme in crisis after nearly HALF of those deemed to be vulnerable to ISIS grooming turned down help
- Government flagship scheme meant to target those being radicalised
- Of 245 people offered support through scheme, 117 rejected help
- Channel programme is voluntary so identified people can refuse support
- Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood is calling for scheme to be compulsory
Nearly half of people assessed to be susceptible to Islamic-State terrorism refused the offer of help from the Government's flagship counter-extremism programme, according to reports.
The Channel programme offers support and mentoring to those deemed to be vulnerable to being drawn into extremism, but it is voluntary and those offered help can turn it down.
During the last financial year, out of the 245 people offered support through the Channel scheme where 'Islamic State' was flagged as the type of extremism, some 117 refused it, according to the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).
The figures emerged in a Freedom of Information Act request from the BBC's World At One programme.
Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Bar, where a number of schools were targeted by hard-line Muslims in the Trojan Horse scandal, called for the Channel programme to be made compulsory.
He told the World At One programme 'the whole strategy needs to be looked at' and warned that some mentors are 'non-violent radicalisers' who are 'reinforcing the ideology' rather than countering it.
Mr Mahmood said: 'Also what needs to be looked at is the fact that the number of Channel providers is very stagnant, there is hardly any change in providers that the local police authorities use.
'So you have got a group of people who rarely change - there is no competition, there is no understanding of doing something differently in terms of providing Channel, and that is why it has not been as successful as it should be.'
He added: 'I think it should become mandatory... but unless you have the right providers, unless you have people who are actually not going to reinforce that ideology, people who are actually trying to move people away from that ideology and the ethos of what they are being taught - that is the only way you will move forward and try to de-radicalise some of these people.
'And we are not doing that at the moment in Channel.'
He also called for more resources to be ploughed into the programme.
The Channel programme is intended to combat extremism by preventing people becoming further radicalised and turning to violence. Above, radical cleric Anjem Choudary, file photo
Channel aims to combat extremism early on to prevent people from becoming further radicalised and turning to violence.
Many people referred to the programme are children.
A Home Office spokesman said: 'We have a wide range of powers at our disposal to prevent terrorist-related activity and our police and security and intelligence agencies work tirelessly, often unseen, to protect us.
'Channel is a voluntary, confidential process to help protect vulnerable people from the poisonous and pernicious influence of extremist ideas that are used to legitimise terrorism.
'Since 2012, over 1,000 people have been successfully provided with support.
This means people most at risk can be diverted away from potential criminal activity or extreme danger.
'This is similar to the way in which individuals at risk from involvement in crime, drugs and other social issues are supported.
'If an individual chooses not to take part in the programme, engagement continues and where appropriate support will be offered through alternative measures and other mainstream services.
Any risk that an individual poses is carefully managed by the police.'
A spokeswoman for the NPCC said: 'Channel is just one of a range of intervention options open to police and partners.
'Where a person does refuse to participate in Channel - and of course, as a voluntary programme, this is their right - there will be continuing engagement with the individual concerned to seek alternative support measures.
'It should also be remembered that if anyone who has accepted or refused help goes on to become a national security threat, or commits an offence, they would be subject to a criminal investigation.'
Police Scotland make the hijab part of its official uniform in a bid to encourage Muslim women to join the force
The hijab has been made a part of the official Police Scotland uniform
In 2015/16, just 2.6 per cent of the force were from ethnic backgrounds
The force has made the decision to encourage Muslim women to join
The hijab (pictured, stock photo) is now formally a part of Police Scotland's uniform
Police Scotland has made the hijab part of their official uniform to try and encourage Muslim women to join the force.
In the past, officers were only allowed to wear the religious headscarf once it was approved by senior staff members.
But it is now formally part of the force's uniform and Police Scotland is trying to make themselves more 'representative' of the communities they serve.
The formal announcement was welcomed by the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA), an organisation set up in 2010 to build closer ties with Muslim communities.
Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: 'I am delighted to make this announcement and welcome the support from both the Muslim community, and the wider community, as well as police officers and staff.
'Like many other employers, especially in the public sector, we are working towards ensuring our service is representative of the communities we serve.
'I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland.'
A report to the Scottish Police Authority earlier this year showed there were 4,809 applications to join Police Scotland in 2015/16, of which 127 (2.6 per cent) were from ethnic backgrounds.
It read: 'Based on these figures, it is clear to see that challenge Police Scotland faces.
'If the black and minority ethnic groups (BME) national average of 4 per cent is to be met within the organisation, an additional 650 BME recruits are required across all areas of the business.
The Metropolitan Police in London approved the hijab as part of its uniform more than a decade ago
'Considering current application trends, this would appear to be unachievable.'
The Metropolitan Police in London approved the hijab as part of its uniform more than a decade ago.
Fahad Bashir, SPMA chair, said: 'This is a positive step in the right direction.
'I am delighted that Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organisation is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland.
'No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland.'
Monday, August 22, 2016
Two young girls watched in horror as the Muslim killer chased the “humble and polite” teen as he ran for his life. The teenager then collapsed on the street in Hayes, west London, and the Muslim killer then sat beside him. The suspect then continued to stab him in the back, an eyewitness said, while a neighbour yelled for the killer to stop.
The woman, in her 50s, who has lived in the area for more than a decade, said: “I even tried to stop it. I was screaming and shouting at the boy to stop what he was doing.
According to the UK Express, police have charged a man, Idris Hassan, 18, of Gledwood Gardens, with murder after 18-year-old Lance Scott Walker .
Teenage girl, 16, is arrested along with a 20-year-old woman as they 'tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS'
- Two females aged 16 and 20 arrested in central London on Sunday night
- They are suspected of trying to travel to Syria to link up with ISIS
- Record number of women have been arrested over terrorism in the UK
Two women aged 16 and 20 have been arrested on suspicion of trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS.
The pair were held in central London at around 9pm on Sunday on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.
Scotland Yard said: 'Officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command arrested a 20-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, namely travelling to Syria to join a proscribed organisation.
A teenage girl, 16, and 20-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS (file picture)
'They were arrested in central London at approximately 9pm on Sunday, August 21. Both were taken into custody at a central London police station.'
Official figures for 2015/16 showed that a record number of women and girls were arrested in Britain as part of counter-terrorism investigations.
A total of 36 females were held in the 12 months to the end of March - the highest number in any financial year on record.
Rising numbers of youngsters are also being detained, with under-18s the only age group to see a rise in the number of arrests year-on-year - increasing from eight to 14.
It comes a week after British schoolgirl Kadiza Sultana, who fled the UK to join ISIS in Syria, was killed by an airstrike in Raqqa.
Kadiza Sultana, pictured, 17, is thought to have died in a bombing in Syria after fleeing there in Easter 2015
Miss Sultana, 17, is thought to have died earlier this year after her home in the terror state's stronghold city was hit by a bomb believed to have been dropped by a Russian plane.
The teenager had quickly become disillusioned with Isis and told her family last summer that she wanted to return home.
Her sister Halima Khanom said: 'We were expecting this, in a way. But at least we know she is in a better place.'
The schoolgirl had been living in Syria after leaving her home in East London during the Easter 2015 school holidays to join Islamic State.
She travelled with friends Amira Base and Shamima Begum, who were both just 15 when they fled and are believed to still be in Raqqa. All three had attended Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets.
It is believed that all three wed fellow foreigners who were fighting for the Islamic State.
Khadiza's husband was an American national of Somali origin who died late last year.
The trio shocked the nation after leaving their A-Level courses and their families to marry ISIS fighters in Syria.
It is thought more than 800 Britons believed to have left the UK to join Isis or other militant groups in Syria and Iraq.
It is thought that at least 250 have since returned. Some have faced prosecution on arrival in Britain, with others allowed to re-enter society under the watch of security services.
As previously reported, ISIS have targeted vulnerable women and girls over the internet in 'matchmaking' schemes to recruit them to become 'Jihadi brides'.
The Mail on Sunday revealed one such 'bride-maker' is Umm Muthanna Al Britaniyah, a former London student whose real name is Tooba Gondal.
She is 22 years old and her father is a successful businessman.
Through her prolific output on social media, she commands a powerful influence on her following of largely young girls as she ‘grooms’ them, urging them, as she has done, to travel to Syria and marry bloodthirsty IS killers.
In her online rants, she described Britain as ‘a filthy country’ and praised the Paris massacre last November, which left more than 130 dead, saying: ‘EXPLOSIONS AND SHOOTINGS… 80 dead.
And all praise is due to Allah Almighty. #ParisUnderAttack.’
Gondol, from Walthamstow, London, added: ‘Wish I could have seen the hostages being slaughtered last night with my own eyes. Would have been just beautiful.’
In May last year, using the name Fatima, she encouraged a British teenager she met on social media to travel to Syria and join IS.
She then asked the teenage recruit to meet one of her own relatives – a 16-year-old girl – and bring her to Syria too.
The plan was to fly to Switzerland then Istanbul, and then travel by land to the Syrian border.
But it all fell apart because the teenager that Gondal thought she was grooming was actually an undercover reporter.
ISIS are also using dating websites to lure Jihadi brides to Iraq and Syria, it has been claimed.
The fanatics have infiltrated at least one Arabic-language platform in an attempt to marry off women to its fighters.