An Islamic State-linked British jihadi, Muhammad Abid, who was part of a gang which radicalized young Muslim boys and plotted to bomb more than 30 landmarks across London, including Big Ben, had two luxury Council houses fully funded by the government – one for himself and another for his first wife, who “wanted her independence” (from his second wife)
Daily Mail (h/t Marvin W) Muhammad Abid was jailed alongside two other men over a plot to brainwash Muslim boys as young as 11. The 27-year-old wanted to train youngsters to drive cars ‘like Mujahideen’ before arming them with weapons to carry out atrocities at targets including Big Ben, Heathrow Airport and Westfield shopping centre
Abid swindled his way to two council flats by claiming his wife needed her own because she ‘wanted her independence’. He hired lawyers to demand a second taxpayer-funded home from Newham Council – and was eventually successful. When details of the two homes emerged at Abid’s trial for Terror offences yesterday, he said: “We are not legally obliged to live together.”
Abid also claimed benefits for being his wife Juwayriyah Noor’s carer, despite living apart from her in this East London tower block. He told the council she was suffering ‘stress and depression’ and required full-time care. However, he stayed holed up at his other flat 20 minutes drive away.
MPs have called for an investigation into how east London’s Newham Council was duped. Former Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel said: ‘The abuse of the housing register and benefits system is scandalous and questions must be asked as to how he cheated it.
‘At a time when there is a shortage of housing Newham should have been more vigilant and carried out more checks.’ Newham Council said today: ‘The council was not aware that they were a couple until after the husband’s arrest. ‘They have never been dealt with by our housing service as a couple.’
The father-of-three was born and raised in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire – the hometown of three of the four 7/7 bombers. In 2010 he moved to London to work as an electrician and married Juwayriyah in 2012.
A year later he was given a one-bedroom flat in a tower block in Manor Park, east London. However, his wife was also given a flat on the first floor of a building just four miles away in Canning Town.Abid told jurors: ‘She wanted to maintain her independence from myself and, number two (as in wife #2), because of her health conditions.’
So is the convicted terrorist’s first wife and second wife still living rent-free in their Council houses?