Thursday, December 15, 2005

Akhbar Alam Islami 20051216

Four Muslims Unveil UK Detention "Nightmare"

CAIRO, December 15, 2005 ( – Amnesty International blasted the British authorities over the detention of four Muslims for years under anti-terror laws without even interviewing them, highlighting the social and psychological impacts of the detention, The Independent reported on Thursday, December 15.


Guilty by Suspicion

In a separate incident, a Muslim student told The Muslim News that he was detained for almost 11 hours under terror laws on July 21, because he didn’t carry an ID.

Ahmed (not his real name) said he was on his way to a local mosque in Goodge Street when he was arrested by plain clothed security officers, the newspaper said on its Web site.

"I was walking from Goodge Street to Warren Street. A crowd had gathered. Something had happened in the area. I stood in the area for a little while to see what was happening."

He then was approached by two armed plain clothed men.

"They asked me for an ID. I told them my ID was in my bag which I left in the office. I was searched and was told that they were arresting me under terror charges."

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After Opposition, UK Drops Mosque Closure Plan

LONDON, December 15, 2005 ( & News Agencies) – The British government dropped on Thursday, December 15, a controversial plan to close down mosques allegedly used by extremists after opposition from police and the Muslim minority.

  • Sir Iqbal Sacranie
  • , the General Secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, said they have been deeply disturbed that the government was associating "the evil of violence" with their places of worship.

    "We therefore feel that mosques are being misidentified and stereotyped as incubators of violent extremism, while the social reality is that they serve as centers of moderation," he said in a statement.

    Sacranie stressed that the July 7 bombers were "indoctrinated by a sub-culture outside the mosque."

    "The notion of influential 'back-door' mosques is a figment of the imagination."

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