Islamic Terrorism Expert is Suspected Islamic Terrorist
Posted on: 2008-12-16 16:42:12
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by Lee Hancock
It has been revealed that one of the Metropolitan Police’s chief advisers on combating Islamic extremism is himself suspected of committing numerous terrorist offenses.
Mohamed Ali Harrath (pictured) lives in London after having been given refugee status in 2000. He has been the subject of an Interpol red notice (its highest state of alert) since 1992 because of alleged terrorist activities in Tunisia, where he helped found the Tunisian Islamic Front (FIT). He has been convicted in absentia of a string of criminal and terrorism-related offenses in Tunisia and has been sentenced to 56 years in jail.
Yet Harrath has been allowed to act as an adviser to the Scotland Yard Muslim Contact Unit. This is despite the fact that at a Special Immigration Appeals Commission, an MI5 witness stated that Harrath’s FIT had carried out terrorist activities in France.
Harrath is also the chief executive officer of The Islam Channel, an Islamic broadcaster based in London that government research has shown is watched by 59% of Britain’s Muslims.
Harrath has boasted that he is “regularly consulted in an advisory capacity by the Muslim Contact Unit of the British police for guidance on best practice in relation to counter-terrorism issues and combating extremism”.
The former head of the Muslim Contact Unit, Robert Lambert, has praised Harrath, saying that he has made a “key contribution to our efforts to defeat adverse influence of al-Qaeda in the UK”.
The Tunisian government would probably disagree with Mr. Lambert’s glowing job reference for Harrath, as the Tunisians have accused him of meeting Osama bin Laden in 1991 in an attempt to secure the financial backing of al Qaeda for his FIT party.
The Interpol red notice states that all countries are urged to arrest Harrath and extradite him as a terrorist subject. But the British government refused a request by the Tunisian Government in 1997 to extradite Harrath, saying that “the UK did not regard him as a threat.”
Harrath has in the past said that “revolution is not necessarily a dirty word” and “there is nothing wrong or criminal in trying to establish an Islamic state”.