Irony Defined

Radical preacher barred from rescue ship
GERRI PEEV
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

A RADICAL Muslim cleric had his bid to evacuate Lebanon aboard a British ship rejected when officials blocked his return to the United Kingdom.

British authorities turned down a request from Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed for a one-month visa to Britain.

The preacher, who called for Muslims to rise up against Westerners, was frightened he would be bombed by the Israelis.

He said his children were very worried about him. "All I am asking is that you give these children the right to see their own father, at least as a visitor."

In an interview with a London Arabic newspaper this month, Mr Bakri Mohammed said "the day will come that the flag of Islam will fly over Big Ben and the British parliament".

He was banned from returning to Britain after he was ruled "not conducive to the public good". He fled the country in August last year in the wake of the 7 July bombings.

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~ by thoughtcrime2 on July 21, 2006.

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