Omar Bakri Mohammed, one of several British-based Islamist clerics facing possible terrorist incitement charges, has fled to Lebanon, it was reported last night.
Anjem Choudary, a spokesman for the dissolved al-Muhajiroun (“The Emigrants”) group, said he left on Saturday, adding: “It doesn’t look like he is coming back.”
Bakri, 47, had caused considerable concern after urging Muslims not to give information to the police and apparently calling the July 7 London suicide bombers “the fantastic four”.
He was born in Syria and was given indefinite leave to remain in Britain in 1985 after seeking asylum when he was expelled from Saudi Arabia for being a member of a banned group.
Mr Choudary said he had been “demonised for many years” in Britain.
If you yell “Fire!” in a theatre here, you can be prosecuted. Should the same be applied to somebody who yells “Jihad!” in the context of sanctioning terrorism? Or should we just deport them?
I’d like to hear your thoughts on this one.