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Posted on Nov 28, 2013

Greenwich University

Greenwich University


Michael Adebolajo

Michael Adebolajo, one of the men who murdered Drummer Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in May 2013, attended Greenwich, although in 2005 he was expelled after two years for unsatisfactory academic progress.[1] It has been claimed that he was radicalised while at the university.[2] Following the murder, the University opened a probe into extremism on campus.[3]


Islamic Society

A pamphlet written by Dr Zakir Naik, a preacher who was banned from entering Britain by the Home Secretary in 2010, was distributed by the Islamic Society during the 2011 freshers’ fair at Greenwich.[4] It is alleged that in the booklet Naik wrote, “Every Muslim should be a terrorist”.[5]

Dr Khalid Fikry, who has supported convicted terrorists, was invited to speak at an event organised by Greenwich University Islamic Society in February.[6] Dr Fikry is known for supporting Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is known as the “Blind Sheik”. Abdel-Rahman was investigated by the FBI for his role in plotting the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing and has been accused of being the leader of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, which was responsible for the 1997 Luxor massacre.[7] He was convicted of seditious conspiracy in 1996 and is serving a life sentence in Butner Federal Medical Centre, North Carolina.[8] In a speech at Belmarsh in August 2012, Dr Fikry accused the Americans of organising a “conspiracy” against Abdel-Rahman.[9]

Uthman Lateef spoke at Greenwich Islamic Society’s 2009 annual dinner.[10] He has appeared at a number of Anwar al-Awlaki video link events.[11]

Zahir Mahmoud, who has described Hamas as “freedom fighters”, was invited to Greenwich by the Islamic Society in 2011.[12] He has advocated the death penalty for homosexuality and described Jews and evil monkeys and pigs who rule the world.[13]



In 2002 it was revealed that the head of the BNP’s ethnic liaison committee, Laurence Rustem, was studying politics at Greenwich.[14] NATFHE, the lecturers’ union, called for Rustem’s expulsion and said that it would support any lecturer who refused to teach him.[15]

In 2005, the Young BNP was accused of targeting students at Greenwich.[16]


[2] Ibid.



[5] Ibid.


[7] Ibid.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid.






[15] Ibid.

[16] Glees and Pope, When Students Turn To Terror, Social Affairs Unit, 2005.

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