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Posted on Nov 28, 2013

Imperial College London

Imperial College London

 

Babar Ahmad

Babar Ahmad worked in the IT department at Imperial at the time of his arrest in 2004 on charges of providing material support to terrorism, providing illegal support to the Taliban, money-laundering and conspiring to kill people.[1] The case against Ahmad rests largely on a website called Azzam.com, which is reported to have had correspondents in every major jihadi conflict.[2] He has been indicted by the US, which has accused him of leading a “terrorism support cell” that provided material support to the Taliban and Chechen mujahideen.[3]


Incidents

In 2010, Imperial’s Islamic Society organised ‘Justice Week’, which featured Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Jamal Harwood and Cageprisoners’ Asim Qureshi.[4] Hizb ut-Tahrir are misogynistic, anti-Semitic and homophobic; they call for homosexuality to be made illegal, refute the idea that a woman should take leadership positions and have openly stated “no one likes the Jews”.[5] They are subject to a ‘No Platform’ policy by the NUS.[6] Qureshi has previously said that suicide bombings were “martyrdom operations” and that the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Hamas were “amazing”.[7] He has expressed his support for British Muslims going abroad to fight.[8]

Uthamn Lateef was invited to speak by Imperial’s Islamic Society in October 2011.[9] He has said of homosexuality “we hate it because Allah hates it” and has appeared at several events alongside Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was speaking via video link.[10]

In March 2013, Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) organised an event at Imperial College for sixth-formers with Hamza Tzortzis, a radical who has said Muslims “reject the idea of freedom of speech and even the idea of freedom”.[11] [12] He has links to Hizb ut Tahrir, which advertises some of his talks on its website.[13] FOSIS was criticised by the government’s 2011 Prevent Strategy Review for failing to challenge “terrorist and extremist ideology within the higher and further education sectors … There are several examples of students engaging in terrorism or related activities while members of university societies affiliated to FOSIS.”[14] A number of extremist speakers have appeared at FOSIS-run events in recent years including Azzam Tamimi, Ibrahim Hewitt and Haitham Al-Haddad.[15]

 



[1] http://www.freebabarahmad.com/the-story/who-is-babar-ahmad

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/1310/in_the_media_uk_university_hosts_anti_west_week_under_justice_guise

[5] http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/hate-groups/ht/

[6] Ibid.

[7] http://hurryupharry.org/2011/02/25/queen-mary-and-terrorism/

[8] Ibid.

[9] http://hurryupharry.org/2011/10/25/the-ideal-muslim-student-uthman-lateef-and-extremism-at-imperial-college-isoc/

[10] Ibid.

[11]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/2078/the_telegraph_baroness_warsi_and_the_demons_of_hate

[12] http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/52973/islam-extremists-new-generation-british-universities-hamza-tzortzis

[13] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/7012827/Speaker-with-extremist-links-to-address-Detroit-bombers-former-student-group.html

[14]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97976/prevent-strategy-review.pdf

[15] http://standforpeace.org.uk/federation-of-student-islamic-societies-fosis/#_ednref2

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