8/12/2005

Welcome Mat Officially Withdrawn

Home Secretary Charles Clarke, using existing powers, has officially barred Omar Bakri Mohammed, and commenting in a understatement, Mr. Bakri's presence was "not conducive to the public good". In addition to calling the 7/7 bombers the "fantastic 4", he has also called the 9-11 bombers the "magnificent 19".

Mr. Bakri is currently being detained in Lebanon at the request of the Syrian government. He was seized after a television interview. Syria wants him for crimes he committed during the 1980's and are not terror related.

Mr. Bakri is not the only one to have the welcome mat jerked out from under him. Ten clerics, who are Muslim extremists are to be sent packing. One, Abu Qatada is expected to be deported to Jordan where he had been convicted in absentia to life imprisonment for a series of explosions. Article at BBC News

I believe that the conditions of Syrian and Jordanian jails will not be on par with Gitmo. No libraries to check out Harry Potter books you know.


UPDATE: 8/12/05 8:16 AM
Lebanon has freed Bakri. He is still barred from returning to England.

2 Comments:

Blogger Esther said...

You didn't really expect them to hold onto the guy, right? What a waste of airspace.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

esther,

I didn't expect them to hold on to him. I just thought it would have been a little longer before he was released. Makes you wonder why he was arrested in the first place. Of course you can drive yourself batty trying to find reasonable explanations when dealing with the likes of Bakri.

11:09 AM  

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