Monday, February 08, 2016

As 12 Asian men are jailed for 140 years for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl, Muslim councillor admits some in community still think SHE was partly to blame

  • 12 men abused girl when she was 13 and 14, Bradford Crown Court heard
  • In one of the brutal attacks she was raped by five of the men in succession
  • Councillor Zafar Ali said some in the community feel 'she played her part'
  • Keighley MP Kris Hopkins said Asian men are still 'getting away with it'
  • Suspected ringleader Arif Chowdhury, 20, 'fled to Bangladesh in 2012'
A Muslim councillor has admitted that some feel as though 'it takes two to tango' as 12 men were jailed for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl in West Yorkshire.

The gang of men from Pakistani origin were jailed for a total of 140 years at Bradford Crown Court today, for 13 months of horrendous abuse of the British white girl in 2011 and 2012.

However, the Councillor for Keighley Central, where the abuse took place, has admitted that some members of the community felt 'it takes two to tango' and that the girl may have 'played her part'.

Khalid Mahood, 34, was given an extended sentence of 17 years
Saqib Younis (right), 29, from Keighley jailed for 13 years at bradford crown court
Khalid Mahood (left), 34, was given an extended sentence of 17 years and Saqib Younis (right), 29, from Keighley jailed for 13 years at Bradford Crown Court
Faisal Khan, 27, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years at Bradford Crown Court
Sufyan Ziarab, 22, from Keighley, Yorkshire, for 15 years
Faisal Khan (left), 27, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years at Bradford Crown Court and Sufyan Ziarab (right), 22, from Keighley, Yorkshire, for 15 years
Tanqueer Hussain, 23, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years and received a five year consecutive sentence for the rape of a second underage victim
Bilal Ziarab, 21, from Bradford,West Yorks., was jailed for 12 years
Tanqueer Hussain (left), 23, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years and received a five year consecutive sentence for the rape of a second underage victim. Bilal Ziarab (right), 21, from Bradford, was jailed for 12 years

Zafar Ali, who has been a member of the Keighley Mosque for decades believes that some of the men may have attended in the past, but said the Muslim community totally condemn their actions.

He told MailOnline: 'Everyone now believes that justice has been done, we need to move forward and it is a lesson for the whole Muslim community.

'There are a few bad apples but this does not represent the Muslim community as a whole and any sensible Muslim totally condemns these actions.' 

Eleven of the men were today jailed for rape and a twelfth man was jailed for sexual activity with a child under 16 today at Bradford Crown Court, but the ringleader has fled to Bangladesh. 

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the men jailed were of Pakistani origin. 

The sentences come as it emerged that:

  • Ringleader Ahmed Al-Choudhury who facilitated most of the offences is believed to now be living in Bangladesh after fleeing at the beginning of the investigation in 2012

  • Keighley MP Kris Hopkins spoke out about the 'sick model' of Asian sex gangs grooming vulnerable young girls for sex in West Yorkshire 

  • Hopkins caused controversy in 2012 for claiming that Muslim men are 'fundamentally racist' and groups were 'out raping white girls' at that very moment 

  • He claims he has today been 'lambasted' for mentioning that the men were Asian, but claims that there are more victims 'who need justice' 

  • Councillor Zafar Ali, Keighley Central, says the issue is 'not confined' to the Muslim community and the response should be 'rational'

After the sentencing, Kris Hopkins, Conservative MP for Keighley spoke out against the 'sick model of organised groups of Asian men grooming young white girls', but said there are more women out there who need justice.

He said the sentenced were vindication for controversial comments he made during a parliamentary debate in 2012, claiming that organised groups of Asian men were 'going around raping white girls'. 

However, he claims that even today he has been 'lambasted' for even mentioning that the men are Asian when talking about the sentences.

He told MailOnline: 'There are sexual offenders who are white, but the fact is this particular model is all Asian men and all the victims were white.

'I was attacked in 2012 and today, when these men were convicted, the community was silent. You have to ask yourself why these men get away with this behaviour.

'There is broader issues around the way women are treated in that community, there are hundreds if not thousands of women who live behind that door and have no voice.'

In a Commons speech three years ago, Mr Hopkins caused controversy three years ago when he suggested Muslim men were 'fundamentally' sexist towards women.

Yasser Kabir, 25, from Keighley was jailed for 15 years
Nasir Khan, 22, from Keighley, was jailed for 13 years
Yasser Kabir (left), 25, from was jailed for 15 years and Nasir Khan, 22, from Keighley, was jailed for 13 years
Mohammed Akram, 63, was jailed for five years for rape at Bradford Crown Court
Hussain Sardar, 19, from Keighley received six years detention in a young offenders institution
Mohammed Akram, 63, was jailed for five years for rape at Bradford Crown Court and Hussain Sardar (right), 19, from Keighley received six years detention in a young offenders institution
Israr Ali, 19, from Keighley, received three and a half years detention in a young offenders institute
Zain Ali, 20, from Keighley, received eight years in a young defenders institute
Israr Ali (left), 19, from Keighley, received three and a half years detention and Zain Ali, 20, from Keighley, received eight years, both in a young defenders institute

ESCAPED RINGLEADER WAS AN 'EVIL AND VIOLENT DRUG DEALER'

Arif Chowdhury, 20, allegedly left for Bangladesh during the investigation after he was arrested in 2012
Arif Chowdhury, 20, allegedly left for Bangladesh during the investigation after he was arrested in 2012
Arif Chowdhury, 20, allegedly left for Bangladesh during the investigation after he was arrested in 2012 in connection to the raping of the schoolgirl, Bradford crown court heard last year.
He is also accused of pimping her out to his contacts in Keighley when he was just 15.
Louise Blackwell QC described Chowdhury, a convicted drug dealer, as being 'evil' and violent.
A jury heard how Chowdhury first raped the girl, who cannot be named, behind a church when he was 15.
He had previously got to know her when she was 13 after persuading her to do drug runs in Keighley.
She had attempted to stop helping the drugdealer, revealing to police how he had racially abused her and then raped her.
Chowdhury subjected her to regular beatings and made her have sex with other men in a year-long ordeal.
He allegedly brought her to an underground car park to meet four teenage friends of Chowdhury before they raped her.
He warned that gangs of Asian men were at large in Keighley, raping white girls, in the debate which followed the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal.

Questions were asked after it emerged that between 1997 and 2013, there were various reports of sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men, but some were never made public or finalised.

However, Zafar Ali, who spent 21 years working for the government's Racial Equality Council, said that it is unfair to 'label the entire Muslim community'.

'There are a few bad apples but that doesn't mean to say everyone is bad. What they did is not Muslim and any sensible Muslim would condemn it.'

During the case, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, said their behaviour throughout the trial was the worst he had seen in 40 years of legal practice.

Judge Roger Thomas QC condemned the 'insolent and disrespectful behaviour' the accused showed in court which he said reflected their treatment of their victim.

They showed her no shred of decency or humanity when as a vulnerable child she so needed care and understanding 
 Judge Roger Thomas QC
He told them: 'The attitudes of the majority of you have so clearly demonstrated to these proceedings has been contemptuous, disrespectful and arrogant on a scale that I have hardly seen before in many years of practice in criminal law.

'Exactly the same attitude to the 13/14 year old girl who you all sexually abused and exploited for your own selfish gratification.'

He added: 'None of these defendants had any concern for the victim.

'They were totally uninterested in her welfare and what damage they were causing her.
'The victim clearly demanded pity and understanding but their view of her was heartless and demeaning.

'They saw her as a pathetic figure who had no worth and who served no purpose than to be an object that they could sexually misuse and cast aside.

'They showed her no shred of decency or humanity when as a vulnerable child she so needed care and understanding.'

The court heard their victim now has post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression.

KEILEIGH MP WHO SPARKED OUTRAGE BY CLAIMING 'GANGS OF MUSLIM MEN ARE GOING AROUND RAPING WHITE GIRLS' DURING DEBATE IN 2012 

Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley
Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley
Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley, said the extraordinary claim was a 'fact' and urged government agencies to tackle the problem, during a parliamentary debate in 2012.
But he was criticised by Muslim leaders in his constituency, who said he overstepped the mark during a Commons debate.
Mr Hopkins, a former leader of Bradford city council, also claimed Muslim men were 'fundamentally' sexist towards women, and politicians had to challenge behaviour and culture.
Speaking in a parliamentary debate on child sexual exploitation, Mr Hopkins claimed mainstream parties had failed by not speaking out about the racial and cultural aspect to some abuse cases and extremists groups had filled the vacuum.
He told MPs: 'The British National Party will use grooming as a key element of its campaign in the Rotherham election campaign, which will start soon.
'Not all British Pakistani men are abusing white kids. There is a minority, though. The media coverage gives long lists of notorious abusers - including vicars, priests and celebrities - who are all white and non-Muslim.'
The 'vast majority' of child abusers in this country are white, he added.
'But we should not get away from the fact that gangs of Muslim men are going round and raping white kids at this moment in time.
'That is an horrendous thing to say, but it is the fact of what is happening. I want to explore some of the state's agencies' behaviour towards that, and some of the community's associated behaviour and culture.'
Mr Hopkins conceded that his friends in the Commons and 'back home' would not like what he was saying, but he felt it had to be said.
'Fundamentally, there is a sexist behaviour by Muslim men towards women,' he said.
'We talk about institutions and commissions and all the rest of it. Fundamentally, as leaders, we need to challenge the behaviour that is going on.
'We need to do that from a point, though, of not being racist. We are friends who want those people to be successful in our society. They are part of British society, but there is behaviour that is unacceptable.'

COUNCILLOR ADMITS SOME IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY THOUGHT THE VICTIM 'PLAYED HER PART', BUT SAYS NOT ALL SHOULD BE LABELLED

Councillor Zafar Ali, Keighley Central
Councillor Zafar Ali, Keighley Central
Councillor Zafar Ali, Keighley Central 
'The grooming intself is totally out of proportion, we don't condone that. As a a Muslim, living here for 52 years, I can tell you that no no-one does, it is categorically not Islamic.

'Things have happened which means justice has been done for the people who have suffered and the punishment has been given.

'What we need to do now is look forward and address the whole issue, it is not only confined to the Muslim community, it is not confined to any one section of the community, and the Muslim organisations throughout the UK are dealing with it, to address the issues, the moral issues, and as such, my feeling is the Muslim community should be addressing this quietly amicabally and sensibally. We should be rational.

'It takes two to tango, there are bad apples, but it doesn't mean to say everyone is bad. There are a few who unfortunately have got the wrong end of the stick, but that's not Muslim.

'Sensible, mature Muslims would never allow that, they have condmened that. We need to find a way to address it, it needs to be looked into.

'There are a few people who lose themselves but the entire community shouldn't be labelled.
'There is some feeling from some people that she played her part in it, the victim had a part to play, I couldn't make any comment on that but it is not widespread.

'We need to be looking forward. The rape of a woman is an evil act of humanity. People who meet me everyday, believe me everyone has said justice has now been done but we need to move forward and its a lesson to the whole of the community.

'But to the people who are victims, my heart goes out to the victim and those families who have been subject to abuse.'
In a statement, she told the court: 'My perception of what a normal relationship is is warped. Trust issues effect every aspect of my life.

'I have also had many physical effects. I was physically assaulted and punched and kicked and these hurt when I am tired.

'My moods are very variable and can be up and down at any time. I have no coping mechanisms and feel out of control.

'The court process has been very difficult. My anxiety and stress levels have been increased. I have struggled to remain in control of my emotions and life in general.'

The court heard how the majority of defendants had a host of previous convictions ranging from drugs, dangerous driving, assault, public disorder, stealing and handling stolen goods.

Khalid Raja Mahmood has a 'significant record' and is currently serving six and a half years for the rape of a 43-year-old woman and a consecutive one and a half years for attempting false imprisonment of a child.

Sufyan Ziarab, who has been jailed for 15 years outside Bradford Crown Court before sentencing
Sufyan Ziarab, who has been jailed for 15 years outside Bradford Crown Court before sentencing
Other convictions include seven sexual offences, three offences of indecent assault and two for curb crawling, and the court heard he was nicknamed 'creepy Khalid'.

Mahmood, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and three counts of sexual activity with a child.

He was twice the victim's age when he met her and had plied her with drink.

The judge told him: 'Having met the victim you set about grooming her for sex. You drank alcohol and you offered the victim drink and drugs.

'You were then able to carry out your sexual offending against her, she being in that extremely vulnerable state.'

Speaking afterwards, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: 'Child sexual exploitation (CSE) and sexual abuse are abhorrent crimes.

'I welcome today's sentencing and commend the painstaking and thorough investigation by West Yorkshire Police, with the assistance of Bradford Council's Safeguarding Team.

 I would also like to praise the courage of the brave survivors of these horrendous crimes for coming forward and giving evidence.

'I hope today's sentencing sends a clear message to those involved in CSE that the Police and partner agencies will do everything in their power to prevent CSE and sexual abuse and in seeking justice for the victims.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Bryar, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said:  'We are pleased that these men have now been sentenced for their terrible crimes against vulnerable young girls.

'We would again like to praise the victims for their courage in coming forward and enabling these men to be put before the courts.

 We hope that today's sentences will give them some closure and help them with rebuilding their lives.

'Child Sexual Exploitation remains a priority for West Yorkshire Police. It is totally unacceptable and it is the responsibility of all agencies, communities and individuals to identify those responsible and help bring them to justice.

Faisal Khan makes a gun gesture with his hand
Mohamed Akram
Faisal Khan makes a gun gesture with his hand and Mohamed Akram walks outside court before the sentencing. The judge said that their behaviour throughout the trial was the worst he has seen in 40 years

SENTENCES AND FORMER CONVICTIONS OF 'HEARTLESS' RAPISTS

Khalid Mahood, 34, was given an extended sentence of 17 years comprising a custodial term of 13 and a half years and an extended licence of three and a half years. 

Sufyan Ziarab, 22, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, was jailed for 15 years.

His brother Bilal Ziarab, 21, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was jailed for 12 years.

Yasser Kabir, 25, from Keighley was jailed for 15 years with a consecutive five years after being found guilty in June 2015 for offences on two girls aged between five and nine when he was between 13 and 15.

Hussain Sardar, 19, from Keighley received six years detention in a young offenders institution.

Nasir Khan, 22, from Keighley, was jailed for 13 years.

His brother Faisal Khan, 27, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years.

Saqib Younis, 29, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years.

Israr Ali, 19, from Keighley, received three and a half years detention in a young offenders institute.
Zain Ali,
 20, from Keighley, received eight years in a young defenders institute.

Tanqueer Hussain, 23, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years and received a five year consecutive sentence for the rape of a second underage victim in 2009.

Mohammed Akram, 63, was jailed for five years.

Nazir Khan had a conviction for exposure and Bilal Ziarab a previous conviction for sexual activity with a child.

Only Tauqeer Hussain and Mohammed Akram were of previous good character.



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Terrorists could be locked in separate prisons under David Cameron's crackdown on extremism in Britain's jails

  • Imams could also be banned from preaching in UK prisons, PM says
  • Terrorists are 'preying on weak inmates' and forcing conversions to Islam
  • 1,000 prisoners identified as extremist or vulnerable to radicalisation in UK
David Cameron, pictured today, pledged to 'open a new front' on extremism in prisons by announcing a series of radical reforms to the UK's justice system
David Cameron, pictured today, pledged to 'open a new front' on extremism in prisons by announcing a series of radical reforms to the UK's justice system
Terrorists could be locked in separate prisons and Imams could be banned from visiting jails under proposals unveiled by David Cameron today. 

The Prime Minister said ministers were considering the plans as part of the Government's renewed crackdown on extremism in UK jails. 

Revealing that currently around 1,000 of Britain's prison population have been identified as extremist or vulnerable to being radicalised, Mr Cameron said inmates convicted of terrorism offences could be relocated to separate locations if prison governors deemed it necessary. 

The measures - part of a 'new front' to tackling radicalisation in jails - would prevent prisons becoming a recruitment target for extremists, where terrorists are able to convert 'weak' individuals to Islam through 'intimidation, violence and grooming' to spread a 'warped view of the world'.

'We will not stand by and watch people being radicalised like this while they are in the care of the state,' Mr Cameron declared today in a major speech on prison reform - the first by a prime minister solely on jails in two decades.

'And I want to be clear: I am prepared to consider major changes: from the imams we allow to preach in prison to changing the locations and methods for dealing with prisoners convicted of terrorism offences, if that is what is required.' 


The anti-extremism crackdown was part of a radical set of prison reforms unveiled by the Prime Minister today.

He also announced plans to make it easier for authorities to deport foreign criminals by forcing foreign nationals to hand over their passports and declare their nationality in court.  

It follows complaints from prison governors that they struggle to identify the nationality of inmates after they have arrived in prison, which slows down the process for deportation. 

PRISONERS WON'T HAVE TO DECLARE CRIMINAL RECORD IN JOB APPLICATIONS 

Cameron, pictured today, wants to prevent prisoners being rejected for jobs out-right because of prior convictions 
Cameron, pictured today, wants to prevent prisoners being rejected for jobs out-right because of prior convictions 

Prisoners will not be forced to declare their criminal convictions in job applications under radical reforms announced by David Cameron today. 
Ex-prisoners will only have to tell potential employers of their criminal record once they get to interview stage under the proposals.
Mr Cameron hopes the move - which mirrors the 'ban the box' scheme in the United States - will prevent ex-offenders being rejected for jobs out-right because of the 'shame of prior convictions'.
But he immediately faced accusations of going soft on crime, with Tory MP Philip Davies telling MailOnline the reforms were 'stupid'. 
'How many former prisoners is he taking on?' Mr Davies asked. 'How many burglars is he taking into Downing Street?
'He should stop lecturing us about crime and start prioritising the law abiding citizen in this county rather than everything being about the victims of criminals.' 
Another radical scheme unveiled today was a plan to allow inmates out of jail during the week.
It would see prisoners near the end of their sentences locked behind bars only at weekends.
Mr Cameron said: 'Of course, there is one group I do want out of prison much more quickly, instead of British taxpayers forking out for their bed and breakfast: and that is foreign national offenders.

'One of the big barriers here is that we don’t systematically record the nationality of offenders early enough – and this can hamper our ability to deport them.

'I know the frustrations of prison governors when they have to try to find out someone’s nationality after they’ve already arrived in prison.

'So I can announce today that we will now legislate to give the police new powers to require foreign nationals to hand over their passports, and make them declare their nationality in court.'

'It will help speed up the deportation of foreign criminals in Britain.' 

Other major reforms announced today were plans to allow some prisoners out during the week. 

The move will see inmates nearing the end of their sentences only locked up behind bars at weekends. 

And prisoners will not be forced to declare their criminal records on job applications under new proposals. 

The Prime Minister announced today that: 
  • Prisoners won't have to declare criminal convictions on job applications 

  • Some inmates will be let out during the week
  • Prison governors will gain more powers over budgets, education and rules 

  • Some offenders will be banned from drinking after release and fitted with tags to detect alcohol consumption;

  • New GPS technology will allow constant monitoring of criminals on community service;
  • Mobile phone firms will be told to switch off the signal near prisons to stop convicts making calls;

  • New league tables of prisons will show which are best at rehabilitation.

Labour reacted to today's announcements with scepticism, asking why the Tories had failed to improve conditions in jails during their last five years in power. 

The party highlighted quotes from Mr Cameron in 2007 when he promised to make prison reform one of the key planks of his 'central mission'.
Lord Falconer, the Shadow Justice Secretary, said: 'The scandalous failure David Cameron condemns is his own. 

'The Tories have had five years to improve our prisons and we have heard promises of 'rehabilitation revolution' many times before. 

'Instead, they have cut staff, closed effective jails, decreased transparency and presided over a crisis. 

'While Ministers continue to ignore the appalling conditions in our prisons and with no additional funding provided it is unclear how these announcements will make any real difference.' 

NEW RULES FOR PRISONS TO DECIDE HOW MANY PANTS INMATES SHOULD BE ALLOWED 

Cameron, pictured talking to a prison guard at HMP Onley in Rugby today, said there were so many rules for prisons that basic security was being undermined
Cameron, pictured talking to a prison guard at HMP Onley in Rugby today, said there were so many rules for prisons that basic security was being undermined

David Cameron today announced plans to give prison governors greater control over rules for prisoners, saying it was wrong that Whitehall officials were 'wondering how many pairs of underpants they're allowed'.
The Prime Minister said the current system was 'infantilising' senior staff and unveiled plans to create six new 'reform' prisons where proven governors would be given 'total discretion' over how they spend their budgets.
He bemoaned the 'incredibly and uniquely centralised' bureaucracy of the current prisons system, where central government decides national limits on possessions available to inmates, such as the number of jigsaws and sheets of music.
Rules and guidance on running prisons amount to 46,000 pages, Mr Cameron said.
There were so many rules that basic security failings had failed, he added, meaning prisoners were often able to access social media and led some jails becoming 'awash with alcohol and drugs'.
'We've reached the point where someone in Whitehall is sitting around deciding how many jigsaws a prisoner should be able to keep in his cell, how many sheets of music they can have in their possession – twelve, in case you're wondering - and even how many pairs of underpants they're allowed.'
But he rejected 'lazy' claims that prison was a 'holiday camp', insisting they were 'often miserable, painful environments: isolation; mental anguish; idleness; bullying, self-harm; violence; suicide.
He said: 'Is it a sensible strategy to allow these environments to become twisted into places that just compound the damage and make people worse or should we be making sure prisons are demanding places of positivity and reform so that we can maximise the chances of people going straight when they come up?' 

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

TWO new members of Jihadi John's Beatles terror cell are revealed:

  • Alexanda Kotey, 32, from Shepherd's Bush, was part of the 'ISIS Beatles'
  • He converted to Islam in his teenage years and went on a Gaza aid convoy
  • Kotey attended al-Manaar mosque in Ladbroke Grove, it has been claimed
  • Former MP George Galloway said that he does not recall ever seeing Kotey 
  • Do you know Alexanda Kotey? Email: jay.akbar@mailonline.co.uk
Alexanda Kotey, 32, from Shepherd's Bush, tormented foreign prisoners in ISIS-held territory in Syria 
Alexanda Kotey, 32, from Shepherd's Bush, tormented foreign prisoners in ISIS-held territory in Syria 
Two members of the notorious ISIS 'Beatles', led by the terror group's chief executioner Jihadi John, have been identified.
One of the men, Alexanda Kotey, 32, from Shepherds Bush, is said to have been part of a Gaza aid convoy organised by former MP George Galloway.
He and the other so called 'Beatle', Aine Davis, from Hammersmith, both attended the same mosque as Mohammed Emwazi - better known as Jihadi John.
Both extremists worked as cruel prison guards who tormented foreign inmates at an ISIS jail in Syria, an investigation by Buzzfeed and Washington Post found. 
Kotey's family today said they were 'deeply distressed' at claims he was part of Emwazi's murderous group - and confirmed they have not seen him 'for a number of years'. There are unconfirmed reports that he was killed in Syria last summer.
Father of two Kotey, a QPR fan, used to be a member of the Greek Orthodox Church but is said to have converted to Islam in his teens.
He attended the al-Manaar mosque in Ladbroke Grove, west London, with Emwazi and Davis, it has been claimed.
A local community worker said the trio were 'physically ejected' from the mosque because of their extremist views.
He told ITV News: 'I believe the mosque took steps to stop them from holding their little classrooms.
He also suggested Kotey was the ringleader, adding: 'He would definitely be standing there with, I'd say a dozen boys all listening to him. He was the speaker. He was the spokesman in that little group.'
After he was thrown out, Kotey began organising private meetings to discuss Islam. Several extremists who have since travelled to Syria attended his lectures. 
'[Kotey] always had a lot of currency and pulled a lot of people into his orbit,' a close friend of Kotey and Davis' told ITV News, adding that he was a 'polite and well spoken person. 
Kotey, who is half Ghanaian, half Greek Cypriot, is thought to have travelled to the ISIS-held city of Raqqa, where he is believed to have become one of the four prison guards known as the Beatles
Kotey, who is half Ghanaian, half Greek Cypriot, is thought to have travelled to the ISIS-held city of Raqqa, where he is believed to have become one of the four prison guards known as the Beatles

They added: 'It was Alex most definitely who was the lynchpin. The mosque did so much to keep these people at the fringes.'
'He radiates a road man influence - someone who has had a lot of experiences in life, had a lot of hardships and people younger than him... look up to him and he can speak to people on the level. 
'He could have been in trouble with the police, he was like a politician, and he works the room. People were dispossessed and he was a magnet for those people, he understands that energy.'
Kotey, Davis and Emwazi were part of the 'London boys' - a group of young radical Muslim extremists, predominantly from West London who advocated fanaticism and violence.
The group was linked to 7/7 bombings and the failed 21/7 attack in London. 
Alongside fellow London Boys member Reza Afsharzadegan, an Iranian-born IT student from the Ladbroke grove area, Kotey travelled to Gaza as part of an aid convoy led by Galloway in 2009.
Mr Galloway told ITV news he does not remember meeting Kotey. His spokesman Ron McKay said: 'There were 500 people on that convoy and George can't ever remember laying eyes on this guy. It's possible he was there but George doesn't remember meeting him.' 
The second member of ISIS' s notorious 'Beatles' prison guards has been identified as a West Londoner who once went on a Gaza aid convoy organised by George Galloway (pictured)
The second member of ISIS' s notorious 'Beatles' prison guards has been identified as a West Londoner who once went on a Gaza aid convoy organised by George Galloway (pictured)
He said there was a vetting procedure for those who applied to be on the convoy but he had never heard Kotey's name before.
He added: 'It [the aid convoy] predates the formation of IS and there were something like 120 vehicles and around 500 people on it.
Kotey, who is half Ghanaian, half Greek Cypriot, is thought to have travelled to the ISIS-held city of Raqqa, where he became one of the four prison guards known as the Beatles.
It is unclear if Kotey was the guard nicknamed 'Ringo' or 'George' although it was believed that someone claiming to be Ringo wrote on an Ask.Fm forum page that he was a QPR fan from Shepherd's Bush. 
After Kotey converted to Islam, he acquired an Islamic name and started to grow a beard and wear Islamic robes. 
As his views being more radical, he would challenge his moderate Muslim friends, according to one former friend of the jihadi.
The former friend recalled how Kotey would try to argue in favour of suicide bombing, insisting it was justifiable in accordance with the Koran.

'He was certainly the most vocal… He would definitely be standing there with, I'd say, a dozen boys all listening to him. He was the speaker. He was the spokesman in that little group,' a local community worker told ITV
Kotey became a key recruiter for ISIS, encouraging at least three former students of Holland Park school to join the jihadi group.
Brothers Flamur, 23, and Fatlum Shalaku, 20, of Ladbroke Grove, west London, both travelled to Syria and were recruited by Kotey, according to ITV.
After initially joining ISIS, the brothers switched their allegiances to ISIS. When Flamur was killed in Iraq in March 2015, his brother struggled to deal with his death, according to one British ISIS fighter.
He signed up to become a suicide bomber and drove a truck laden with explosives into government buildings in Ramadi, allowing ISIS to briefly capture the city. 
Neighbours reported that the brothers, who are of Kosovan-Albanian descent became radicalised and went to Syria in 2013, telling their parents they were travelling to do aid work. 
They are both said to have been friends of Mohammed Nasser, 21, who died fighting for ISIS after shrapnel hit him in the head. 
Nasser's death was confirmed to ITV by his best friend Hamza Parvez, (pictured left) also a former Holland Park student
Nasser's death was confirmed to ITV by his best friend Hamza Parvez, (pictured left) also a former Holland Park student
Fatlum Shalaku was a former pupil at Holland Park school
Mohammed Nasser was killed whilst fighting in Syria
Killed: Fatlum Shalaku, 20, (left) of Ladbroke Grove, west London, died in suicide car bomb while Mohammed Nasser 21, (right) died fighting for ISIS after shrapnel hit him in the head. Kotey is thought to have played an important part in recruiting both young men

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By Chris Greenwood and Sian Boyle
A leading British Islamic State fighter was in contact with the Paris terrorists days before the atrocities, security sources revealed last night.
Aine Davis and other members of a Turkish cell exchanged messages about conducting simultaneous strikes in Istanbul, a senior official said.
But further tragedy was averted when the Islamist, a close friend of serial killer Mohammed Emwazi, was arrested during raids in the city last week.
The claims expose for the first time how a British jihadi appears to have had a controlling hand in the carnage. And they are further evidence of how homegrown militants are occupying key roles in the IS hierarchy.
There is also growing unease at the role of a British preacher, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in sowing seeds of militant Islam in Belgium, where the Paris conspiracy was based. The Islamist travelled regularly to Brussels where he helped inspire the group Sharia4Belgium.
Yesterday's revelation of messages between Davis, 31, and the Paris terrorists follows his arrest last week. The Briton was among a gang of senior IS militants apprehended at a luxury villa in the suburbs of Istanbul.
Security officials have uncovered messages showing he was helping to plot an attack there, in tandem with the Paris strikes.
Despite the new birth, Davis left el-Wahabi two months later, travelling first to Turkey before crossing into Syria and joining ISIS
Despite the new birth, Davis left el-Wahabi two months later, travelling first to Turkey before crossing into Syria and joining ISIS
Investigators believe the communications show how Davis was a trusted member of the terror group's inner circle, charged with arranging attacks overseas. A senior Turkish source said: 'Davis is a figure with key responsibilities within Islamic State and he wasn't caught alone. He was within a group.
'Right now, we're investigating whether they were planning an attack in Istanbul similar to the one in Paris. We suspect there could have been a parallel attack with Paris, on the same day.' Davis - from the same area of west London as Emwazi, killed in a drone strike last week - is already a notorious IS figure.
The Muslim convert, inspired by Al Qaeda preacher Anwar Al Awlaki and cleric Abu Hamza, was responsible for guarding foreign prisoners and posed for photos with AK47-wielding fighters.
Last year his wife Amal El Wahabi was jailed for 28 months for asking a friend to smuggle 20,000 euros to Syria hidden in her underwear. The friend, Nawal Msaad - dubbed the 'jihottie' for her model looks - was cleared.
Mother-of-two Wahabi, 28, was convicted on grounds the money was from Davis's career as a drug dealer. But detectives believe the cash was raised by a well-connected London circle sending substantial sums to IS.
Meanwhile, the full extent of links between the unnamed British hate preacher and extremists in Belgium are being poured over by intelligence analysts.
The preacher had a key role in establishing Sharia4Belgium, led by Fouad Belkacem, and other inflammatory groups.
He once described Belkacem, who has espoused vile and bigoted views, as a 'dear friend' and the two were regularly pictured together. They held a press conference in Belgium in May 2010 to introduce the Islamist group.
Aine Davis, (pictured, face not muzzed) originally from Hammersmith, is thought to one of the guards, known as the Beatles, at an ISIS prison holding foreign hostages in Syria
Aine Davis, (pictured, face not muzzed) originally from Hammersmith, is thought to one of the guards, known as the Beatles, at an ISIS prison holding foreign hostages in Syria
It is believed followers of the preacher also went to meet violent radicals in Brussels.
A second radical cleric, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was once based in Britain, was also introduced to the group.
The Antwerp trial of Belkacem and more than 40 others - one of the biggest terror trials in Europe - heard how members held meetings in London in late 2010. Many of the men later fought in Syria and actively recruited other followers online.
Belkacem was jailed for 12 years and another 44 members were given sentences, some suspended, of three to 15 years.
But only seven of the accused were in court. Most of the others were still in Syria, and some are thought to be dead.
The British preacher was convicted in his absence of a public order offence in Belgium. He claimed he was not notified of the case or offered the opportunity to present a defence.
Another Briton, Abu Rahin Aziz, was investigated by the Belgians in 2013 after warning Belgium would be 'destroyed' by Muslims if Belkacem was not freed. Aziz skipped bail on assault charges in Britain in 2014. He was killed in Syria by a US missile in July this year.
'Parallel strikes in Istanbul' 'Member of IS inner circle'
Nasser, of Eritrean origin, travelled to Syria with his best friend Hamza Parvez, also a former Holland Park student.
Alexanda Kotey is thought to have been close friends with Davis. They attended the same mosque as Kotey and is thought to have been one of the guards, known as the Beatles, at an ISIS prison holding foreign hostages in Syria
He was also the jihadi at the centre of a sensational court trial last year which saw his wife, Amal el-Wahabi, jailed for funding terrorism while university student Nawal Msaad, 27, was sensationally cleared of trying to smuggle £16,000 in her underwear to Syria. 
The court case revealed how Davis had a controlling presence over his wife, Amal el-Wahabi, who was convicted of helping to fund raise his life in Syria.
Prior to travelling to Syria, Davis was convicted six times for possessing cannabis and was also heavily involved in gang circles, where he was known as 'Biggz'.
The gangster worked as a gun runner, selling handguns before the weapons factory he worked for was busted by police. 
It is unclear when Davis converted to Islam and adopted the name Hamza. When police raided his wife's home, Davis's iPod revealed he used to listen to lectures by radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. 
Two West London jihadis of Egyptian descent, known only as Abu Muawiyah and Abu Qudamah, are also thought to have been associates of Jihadi John
Two West London jihadis of Egyptian descent, known only as Abu Muawiyah and Abu Qudamah, are also thought to have been associates of Jihadi John
He met his wife Amal el-Wahabi at Westbourne Park mosque in 2006 and despite the disapproval of her parents, they developed a close relationship.
Davis' new found interest in religion led him to persuade his girlfriend that they should move to Yemen.
Davis enrolled at a madrasa to study Arabic and the Qur'an, only for the couple to return to the UK when Amal became pregnant.
The relationship fell apart just two months before their first child was born in 2009. Davis embarked on several trips to the Middle East, visiting Saudi Arabia, Egypt and returned briefly to Yemen.
Two years later, Davis and el-Wahabi restarted their relationship for a second time and by May 2013, the couple had their second child.
Despite the new birth, Davis left el-Wahabi two months later, travelling first to Turkey before crossing into Syria and joining ISIS. 
In late December 2015, Turkish authorities arrested three suspected members of the ISIS in Istanbul, including two Pakistanis and a Briton, who are thought to be linked to an associate of Jihadi John.
Kotey is believed to have become a key recruiter for ISIS, encouraging at least three former students of Holland Park school (pictured) to join the jihadi group
Kotey is believed to have become a key recruiter for ISIS, encouraging at least three former students of Holland Park school (pictured) to join the jihadi group
ISIS wrote a lengthy obituary about Abu Qudamah al-Misri, a British national of Egyptian origin, who travelled to Syria in the summer of 2012. He was killed in Syria in late 2013
ISIS wrote a lengthy obituary about Abu Qudamah al-Misri, a British national of Egyptian origin, who travelled to Syria in the summer of 2012. He was killed in Syria in late 2013

The British man, named only as Hasan H, was detained at a bus stop in the conservative Fatih district of Istanbul. 
The two Pakistani suspects were detained following a raid on their homes in Istanbul's central Mecidiyekoy district, according to local media.
Their capture is believed to have led to information and the eventual capture of Hasan H after police expanded the operation.
All have now been remanded in custody by a court and no other details have been released about their alleged links with the jihadi group.