Sadiq Khan, Labour’s Muslim candidate for Mayor of London, has extensive dealings with Islamic extremists that should make him the last person Londoners would want running their city.
UK Daily Mail At a recent funeral, Khan stopped to shake hands with convicted terrorist Babar Ahmad, a man who has been blamed for inspiring a generation of extremists, including the gang behind the London bombings of July 7, 2005. The pair exchanged brief pleasantries before Khan moved on.
- Khan shared a platform with Yasser al-Siri, a convicted terrorist and associate of hate preacher Abu Qatada, and Sajeel Shahid, a militant who helped to train the ringleader of the London bombings — are the most serious so far.
- Khan has been following at least two ISIS supporters on Twitter. One posted links to propaganda videos; the other is the brother of a man convicted of supporting insurgents in Afghanistan. Khan’s former brother-in-law, Makbool Javaid, who had links with the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun, an organization that praised the 9/11 attacks and the 7/7 bombings and called for a ‘full-scale war of jihad’ against Britain and America.
- Both before and after he became an MP, he knowingly shared speaking platforms with some highly questionable figures, including attending at least four meetings organised by Stop Political Terror, a group supported by a man dubbed the ‘Bin Laden of the internet’.
- Stop Political Terror later merged with Cage, a London campaign group that described Jihadi John (who left the capital to join Isis in Syria) as ‘a beautiful young man’. It supports what it calls ‘victims’ of the war on terror, urging people ‘arrested, raided or approached by the security services’ to get in touch.
- Khan is exasperated by the fuss about his apparent willingness to associate with advocates of violence and extremism. He points out that many other politicians have done the same, in the interests of open debate. He is infuriated by suggestions that he might sympathise with extremist views.
h/t Judith R