Rush to put in measures barring Bakri from Britain
Thursday 11 August 2005
Mr Bakri provoked outrage last week by saying he would not inform police if he knew Muslim extremists were planning a bomb attack in Britain. He left for Beirut at the weekend amid suggestions that he could be tried for treason but the Government has since made clear there is no prospect of that.
Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, is considering using special powers to exclude the leader of al-Muhajiroun from re-entering Britain in the next few days. Mr Clarke could decide that following the cleric's comments, which include reportedly describing the July 7 suicide bombers as "the fantastic four", that his presence in this country was not for the public good.
The Home Office is consulting the Muslim community about bringing in further measures to exclude or deport non-British citizens deemed to pose an " indirect threat" of terrorism.
The Government is known to be reluctant to exclude Mr Bakri before the consultation period is over on 19 August.
After that period the Home Secretary is preparing to use powers to deport Mr Bakri should he return to the UK. His indefinite leave to remain in Britain would also be revoked.
The Syrian-born cleric, 46, is at the centre of a political row, after John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, said that the Government had no powers to deal with the extremist and he was able to come and go from Britain when he wanted. Further resentment has been caused with the disclosure that Mr Bakri, who has a wife and seven children living in the UK, is due to have a heart operation on the NHS in the next few months.
Hazel Blears, the Home Office minister, met interfaith groups yesterday to discuss the consultation paper which lists "unacceptable behaviour" that could spark deportation or exclusion.
The list includes those who foment terrorism or seek to incite others to terrorism by public speaking including preaching, producing or publishing material or running a website.
Muhammad Abdul Bari, deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that he would strongly urge the Government to extend the consultation period.
* A man has been charged in connection with the failed 21 July suicide attacks in London.
Abdul Sharif, 28, was charged last night under the Terrorism Act with failing to disclose information about Hussain Osman, who is alleged to have tried to blow up a Tube train near Shepherd's Bush station. Mr Sharif, of Morrell House, Crossford St, Brixton, south London will appear before Bow Street Magistrates today. Nine other people are also due to appear at Bow Street in connection with the failed attacks.
The one chart that shows how George Osborne is almost certainly going to be our next Prime Minister
The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told 'the non-Jews' are 'evil' in worksheet produced by London school
Bono's group has made more money from Facebook investment than from all his music
Wikipedia rocked by 'rogue editors' blackmail scam targeting small businesses and celebrities
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 1 Kermit the Frog has a new girlfriend named Denise
- 2 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 3 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 4 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 5 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis