Dec 16 2008
A man wanted by Interpol since 1992 for his links to an alleged terrorist organization is an adviser to Scotland Yard on Muslim extremism.
Mohamed Ali Harrath has been the subject of the Interpol red notice since 1992 because of his alleged activities in Tunisia. (Since 1992? Good grief Scotland Yard, nice detective work. NOT.)
His home country has issued an arrest warrant for the 45-year-old, who is chief executive of the Islam Channel in the UK.
Wanted for terror offences: Mohamed Ali Harrath is reportedly advising the Metropolitan Police on countering Muslim extremism
The Interpol website lists his offences as counterfeiting, forgery, crimes involving the use of weapons, explosives and terrorism. Mr Harrath, who has lived in London for years, acts as an adviser to the Metropolitan police’s Muslim Contact Unit on preventing terrorism.
The unit was established in January 2002 to work with London’s Muslim communities to develop a better understanding of the community impact of counter-terrorism policing. Its work involves regular meetings with a wide range of individuals and groups to hear their concerns.
The unit’s former head, Robert Lambert, wrote in a letter of support to Mr Harrath that he had made a ‘key contribution to our efforts to defeat adverse influence of Al-Qaeda in the UK’.
The British government refused a request by the Tunisian government in 1997 to have him extradited.
Tunisia claims that a group he co-founded called the Tunisian Islamic Front (FIT) wanted to establish ‘an Islamic state by means of armed revolutionary violence.’
No wonder PM Gordon Brown is so worried about more terrorist attacks in London.
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