Wiki Actu en

June 2, 2013

Second man charged in Lee Rigby murder case

Second man charged in Lee Rigby murder case

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, June 2, 2013

United Kingdom
Related articles
Location of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom (orthographic projection).svg
Collaborate!
  • Pillars of Wikinews writing
  • Writing an article

File:Drummer Lee Rigby – Cropped.jpg
File photo of Lee Rigby
Image: UK Ministry of Defence.

A second man was formally charged yesterday for the killing of Lee Rigby, who was stabbed repeatedly on May 22 in the Woolwich area of south London. Michael Adebolajo, a 28-year-old man from Romford in Essex, has been charged with the murder of Rigby, the attempted murder of two police officers, and possession of a firearm. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

The first man charged, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale from Greenwich, appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow. The two men were filmed attacking Rigby, a 25-year-old drummer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich. One anonymous eyewitness quoted by the BBC described the attack: “They grabbed the guy towards the wall then stabbed him — stabbed him, stabbed him, cut his neck, and then dragged him into the middle of the road”. Following the attack, police armed response turned up and disarmed the two men. Both were shot in the confrontation with police and have been recovering in hospital since the attack.

In addition to charging Adebolajo and Adebowale, police have arrested and bailed two men aged 42 and 46 for allegedly illegally supplying guns.

In 2010, reportedly, Adebolajo was arrested in Kenya after allegedly attempting to join the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab, which is linked with al-Qaeda. He was deported back to Britain. Adebolajo had also been associated with the British radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, which the British government banned in 2010.

Following the attack, Prime Minister David Cameron flew back to Britain and made a statement condemning the attacks: “The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger.”



Sister links

  • Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg 2013 Woolwich attack

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

January 13, 2010

UK to ban Islamist group

UK to ban Islamist group – Wikinews, the free news source

UK to ban Islamist group

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

United Kingdom
Related articles
Location of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom (orthographic projection).svg
Collaborate!
  • Pillars of Wikinews writing
  • Writing an article

Islam4UK, an Islamist group that was intending to march through a British town known for honouring fallen troops, is to be banned by the government today under counterterrorism laws.

“I have […] laid an order which will proscribe Al-Muhajiroun, Islam4UK, and a number of the other names the organisation goes by,” said the home secretary, Alan Johnson. Johnson said that the group had tried to escape the ban by changing its name, and said that the move was needed in order to “tackle terrorism.”

HAVE YOUR SAY
Wikinews commentary.svg
Do you agree with the UK’s move or not?
Add or view comments

But Islam4UK leader Anjem Choudary said that the ban, made under the Terrorism Act 2000, is unfair because the group is not involved in violent activity. “We are an ideological and political movement. We do not engage in any military activities or any violence,” he said to VOA News.

Islam4UK was originally founded in the 1980s under the name al-Muhajiroun. The tiny Islamic group has since won much publicity in Britain by threatening to carry out controversial demonstrations.

Last week, the group announced plans for a march through Wooton Basset, a small market town where British soldiers killed in Afghanistan are honored, but the demonstration was called off earlier today.

According to the UK Home Office, fifteen people have been convicted of criminal offenses related to banned groups since 2001. A total of 45 groups are listed on the Home Office Web site as banned under the Terrorism Act.



Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

January 20, 2007

Church group backs \’extremist\’ mosque

Church group backs ‘extremist’ mosque – Wikinews, the free news source

Church group backs ‘extremist’ mosque

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham, England is the headquarters of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith UK

A British church group has defended a city mosque accused of “extremism”, following an investigation by Channel 4 television.

The Saltley Gate Peace Group, an interfaith organisation based in Birmingham, has expressed “its undiminished support” for the Green Lane Masjid, featured in Channel 4’s investigative Dispatches programme shown on Monday 15 January.

While filming Undercover Mosque, a secret Dispatches’ reporter attended lectures at mosques run by key organisations whose public faces are presented as “moderate and mainstream” – but is believed to discover “preachers condemning the idea of integration into British society”. The apparent influence of “Saudi Arabian Islam”, sometimes known as Wahabism or Salafism, is also scrutinised in the film.

Programme makers claim the documentary, filmed and written by journalist Bobby Pathak, reveals “a number of mosques run by high profile national organisations that claim to be dedicated to moderation and dialogue with other faiths” but are in fact spreading “a message of religious bigotry and extremism”. One of the Islamic organisations allegedly secretly filmed is Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, a registered British charity which runs more than 40 mosques and branches in the UK with its headquarters at Green Lane Mosque in the Small Heath area of the city.

The documentary largely focused on the views of Abu Usama at-Thahabi, an African-American preacher based at the Green Lane Mosque. The documentary purported to show evidence of speeches made by the imam in which he allegedly condemns women, homosexuals and non-Muslims. In one clip, he is heard to say: “Allah has created the woman – even if she gets a PhD – deficient. Her intellect is incomplete, deficient. She may be suffering from hormones that will make her emotional. It takes two witnesses of a woman to equal the one witness of the man.” However, the Medinah University educated convert to Islam claimed his words had been misconstrued, later releasing a Google internet video defending his words.

However, the Anglo-Muslim group, founded in the 1970s, has rebuked the allegations, describing the documentary as “grossly distorted”. Shaykh Shouaib Ahmed, the Secretary General of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith voiced his concerns.

“We reject all forms of extremism. It is deeply alarming that a few sentences have been taken out of context in order to create the impression that our institution is a hotbed of fanaticism they could have approached us directly – we operate an open door policy in our mosques. We have nothing to hide. The religion of Islam is very clear.”

The mosque explained, “We would like to make it clear that Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith cannot be regarded as endorsing every word uttered by every speaker we invite to our various mosques. Islam commands us to respond in kind to those who desire peaceful co-existence. If anyone contradicts this teaching then we would repudiate their views without hesitation.”

A similar opinion was echoed in a statement from the Saltley Gate Peace Group. The community action project, based at the Saltley Methodist Church, feared the community around the mosque would be ostracized as a result of the investigation. “We cannot speak for the views of specific individuals featured in the film but are completely in support of the good nature of the mosque’s diverse, multiracial and peaceful worshippers and administration.”

The group has in the past successfully campaigned against propaganda campaigns in the area led by the disbanded radical group, Al-Muhajiroun.

“It is our hope that more resources will be spent on preventing true radical groups from brainwashing young Muslims and less time spent on demonising the general Muslim population for the actions of a select few”, they added.

The Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith and Green Lane Masjid felt the forthcoming edition of Dispatches would “play into the hands of those who wish to exacerbate tensions within society”. The religious authority has sent a letter to producer of the programme, Andrew Smith, highlighting their concerns.

An Ahl-e-Hadith mosque in Derby was also put under the spotlight in the programme, along with a Birmingham mosque run by the UK Islamic Mission (UKIM).

Sources

External links

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject:
Green Lane Mosque
Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.