Sunday, April 12, 2015

Preacher with links to Islamist firebrand Anjem Choudary hit with travel ban over terror risk

  • Preacher Trevor Brooks has been refused a passport by the Home Office
  • Brooks, 39, is an associate of Islamist firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary
  • A Home Office letter said he is linked to banned group Al Muhajiroun
  • It added he was assessed as being likely to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS
A radical Muslim preacher has been refused a passport after the Home Office accused him of planning to join Islamic State.

Trevor Brooks, an associate of Islamist firebrand Anjem Choudary, was told it was not in the public interest for him to have a passport because he is seen as a terror risk.

A Home Office letter says that Brooks, also known as Abu Izzadeen, is an extremist linked to members of the banned group Al Muhajiroun.

Trevor Brooks is a known associate of Islamist firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary (pictured)
Trevor Brooks is a known associate of Islamist firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary (pictured)

The letter adds: 'It is also assessed that you intend to travel overseas to Syria where you would use this opportunity to engage in terrorism-related activity, likely fighting alongside the terrorist organisation known as the Islamic State.'

Brooks, 39, was released from prison last month after serving part of his 11-month term for breaching bail on a terrorist offence. The Home Office said it could not discuss individual cases.

Chourdary made headlines last month when it emerged he had been invited to speak at the Oxford Union despite being on police bail on suspicion of being a member of a banned terror group.

The notorious rabble rouser received an invitation by letter from the debating society, which stated it would be a 'great privilege' to have Choudary appear as the star guest.

Choudary, who once said that Woolwich terror victim Fusilier Lee Rigby would 'burn in hellfire', was even offered a choice of days on which to attend the debate entitled: This house believes that radicalism is born at home.

Britain's most notorious hate preacher proudly showed off his invitation after launching a hate-filled rant against Western society outside the Houses of Parliament in late March.

He said: 'I am still on police bail after being arrested by Scotland Yard in September last year.
'But the police can't stop me from speaking. They can't stop me from going to the Oxford Union where I've been invited to speak.'

He was one of nine men held in a series of co-ordinated dawn raids by counter terrorism police in September last year.

All the men were held on suspicion of being a member of, or backing a banned terrorist group and supporting terrorism.

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