The trustees of a mosque where children were groomed for terrorism failed to properly monitor an Islamic State sympathiser then attempted to cover up what happened, the Charity Commission has found.
Islamic State fanatic Umar Ahmed Haque, from Forest Green, was found guilty of terrorism offences last year in March 2018 and jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.
The grooming only came to light after Haque’s passport was revoked after he attempted to board a flight to Istanbul, with the apparent aim of joining ISIS.
After his failure to fly to Syria, he turned his attention to targets in the UK, including Heathrow Airport and mowing down pedestrians outside the UK parliament.
The Old Bailey trial heard how the 25-year-old secretly brainwashed the boys through terrorism role-play and exercises and showed them gory IS propaganda.
He had told the children he intended to die a martyr and bragged about recruiting them in the months before his arrest.
This alerted the charities commission and an investigation which has taken a year concluded with all five trustees being disqualified for 10 years as a result of the inquiry into the Ripple Road Mosque, also known as Essex Islamic Academy.
We personally think they should be given custodial sentences for such a complicit act of not safeguarding children properly.
The Charity Commission’s inquiry established Haque was originally recruited as an administrative assistant but had been teaching classes unsupervised in the charity’s madrassah – or religious school – which was attended by as many as 100 five to 15-year-olds a day.
The inquiry found no evidence that the trustees had applied for an enhanced DBS check on Haque – which would have been required for his teaching role – and the trustees also admitted there was no supervision over his adherence with the madrassah’s syllabus.
Here’s a piece from RT news, one of the only MSM outlets to cover the latest findings;
When sentencing last year, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said Haque wanted to do “something big” and his ambition was “extreme and alarming”.
The worst aspect was the deliberate and sustained grooming of children to join a “mini militia”, unbeknownst to their parents who had paid for after-school classes at the mosque.
He is a “very real” threat to the young and old alike, the judge said, adding: “Haque was a dangerous liar.
“He is intelligent, articulate and persuasive, with an easy smile. He is narcissistic and clearly enjoys the power he wields over others.”
The judge told Haque:
“You have violated the Koran and Islam by your actions, as well as the law of all civilised people. It is hoped you will come to realise this.”
Haque ranted about “domination”, “hunger and insecurity” as he was sent down.
Fundraiser Abuthaher Mamun – 19, from Barking – who was said to have “renounced” Haque’s extremist view of Islam, was jailed for 12 years with a further year on extended licence.
Haque’s confidant Muhammad Abid – 27, from Newham, a qualified cupping therapist – was handed four years and three months in prison for failing to report the plot.
In bugged conversations, he talked about being inspired by the Westminster Bridge atrocity in March last year.
“We are here to cause terror, my brother. We are a death squad sent by Allah and his messengers to avenge my Arab brothers’ blood.”
His handwritten hit list included the Queen’s Guard, courts, Transport for London, Shia Muslims, City banks, Heathrow, Parliament, Big Ben, the media, embassies and the English Defence League or Britain First.
In the months before his arrest, he bragged about recruiting 16 children, telling Ripple Road youngsters he intended to die a martyr and IS was “good”.
One of the youngsters later told police:
“Umar has been teaching us how to fight, do push-ups, given strength and within six years he was planning to do a big attack on London.
“He wants a group of 300 men. He’s training us now so by the time I’m in Year 10 [aged 14-15] we will be physically strong enough to fight.”
Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said a specialist social worker had assessed nine of the boys affected by Haque’s indoctrination.
“As a result of their contact with the defendant Haque, the children had spoken primarily of their confusion and frustration surrounding Islamic State, their religion and non-Muslims, specifically on war and killing of others”.
“Although they are clear what they saw was wrong, they are left conflicted and without answers which lead them to be particularly vulnerable to grooming”.
“Some speak of having flashbacks of the videos and nightmares centred around fear of death and punishment in the afterlife, perhaps in reference to (the video) of the young boy seen buried and in a grave.”
One father said he was;
“distressed and worried for the future of Muslim kids and unsure who to trust and who not to” after finding out his son had been groomed”.
This last quote from one of the groomed victims fathers I found quite poignant, who are monitoring mosques and madrassas who are protecting Muslims kids from becoming extremists, let alone people in society who live in fear of next terror attack?
Another question has to be asked is, how rife is this problem? Is it the tip of an iceberg? What measures are there to discover where this type of extremism is being pumped into kids innocent minds?
WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO MONITOR THIS?
We have this very contentious ‘prevent’ scheme which has come under fire, but what has happened to the promise from David Cameron back in 2016, to better monitor, not just mosques and madrassas but other faiths and there after school clubs and also close the loopholes used by the hundreds of unregistered schools?
There was a pledge by the now ex education secretary David Hines back in April this year to bring about new measures but we’ve not heard a whisper since
We will look into the current loopholes which enable unregistered schools and after school facilities to operate unmonitored in a further article.