Radical Cleric Bakri Still Banned from Britain Following Appeal Rumours
A radical Islamist preacher who has been banned from entering Britain for nearly a decade has been told that any attempt to seek asylum in the country will be rejected. Omar Bakri Mohammed, who became notorious for his radical views, is said to be preparing an asylum appeal on humanitarian grounds.
Bakri fled Britain in 2005 after expressing support for terrorist attacks in the country. He was then banned from re-entering the UK due to his extreme views.
The Sunday Times reports that he now faces a death sentence in Lebanon for running a terrorist cell, and is currently on the run after a crackdown on radical sectarian individuals accused of stirring up violence there.
Bakri had previously lived in Britain for 20 years, although did not hold citizenship. While resident in the UK, he helped found and lead the radical group Al Muhajiroun as well as teaching radical Islamist Anjem Choudary. Al Muhajiroun was banned under the Terrorism Act in 2010, but various spin off groups have sprung up, many with the same activists as the original group.
Yesterday, Breitbart London reported that one such group, Need4Khilafah, has also been proscribed by the Home Office just five months after we exposed the group as yet another Al Muhajiroun front organisation.
Commenting on Bakri's asylum appeal rumour, a Home Office spokesman said: "An individual must be physically present in the UK in order to make a claim for asylum.
"Omar Bakri Mohammed was permanently excluded from the UK in 2005 on the grounds that his presence is not conducive to the public good.
"As Omar Bakri Mohammed is excluded from the UK, he will be unable to make a claim for asylum."