Astonishingly, it is the second time in only five years that council bosses have approved expensive renovations on the property where the hook-handed terrorist cleric’s wife and eight children live supported by State benefits worth nearly $1,128. a week.
UK DAILY MAILWorkmen from at least three construction firms have already spent two months doing up the $1.12 million five-bedroom council property in an exclusive West London street.
Officially, the latest work is to underpin the property’s foundations after an engineer warned of subsidence. But as this photograph, taken last week, shows, the property has also had an extensive makeover. The front has been painted an elegant cream and white to match neighbouring properties and parts of the interior have also been touched up.
Hamza’s family live in the only council property in the street in Shepherd’s Bush, an area popular with bankers and City lawyers.
This $65,000 renovation follows a taxpayer-funded $40,000 refurbishment of the home in 2005 which included a new bathroom and kitchen.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘People who abuse the system shouldn’t be able to keep their benefits. If you’ve been convicted of crimes, you shouldn’t be subsidised by hard-working people.’ Photo at left H/T Weasel Zippers
Hamza, 52, never officially lived in the home, which his Moroccan-born wife Najat Chaffe, 49, moved into in 1995 after claiming they had separated. But neighbours said he was often seen at the house until his arrest, in August 2004, for incitement to murder and racial hatred. In 2006 he was jailed for seven years.
On his release, the cleric cannot be deported to his country of birth, Egypt, after a court last week allowed him to keep his British passport, to protect his human rights. (Human rights for a terrorist???)
If he also wins his fight against extra dition, which is due at the European Court of Human Rights in months, ministers will have no choice but to allow him to live in Britain.
All the Hamza children are British-born, meaning they are entitled to support from the state, which would continue even if Hamza is extradited.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council said last night: ‘We are housing this family only because they are estranged from Abu Hamza. ‘He has never been a tenant at this address and if he were ever to move in it would be grounds for eviction of the family.
‘The house is one of a scarce supply of large family homes and we, of course, have to do repairs and look after the property for future (welfare?) tenants.’
The Sun-UK HATE preacher Abu Hamza won a vital battle today in his bid to beat the boot from Britain – and sparked a massive row. The Home Secretary has been told the hook-handed cleric cannot be stripped of his British citizenship because he would be left “stateless“. It means If Hamza succeeds in an ongoing appeal to the European Court against extradition to the United States he will be entitled to remain here. He will also be entitled to be released from top security Belmarsh Prison having served a sentence for inciting murder.