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Reports: Lebanese Security Forces Prepare Arrest Warrant for Al-Muhajiroun Founder Shaykh Omar Bakri PDF Print E-mail
Written by Evan Kohlmann   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008


The Al-Markaziya News Agency and the Lebanese OTV television channel are reporting that security forces in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli have allegedly prepared an arrest warrant for Shaykh Omar Bakri Mohammed, the founder of the Al-Muhajiroun extremist movement. Bakri has been living in northern Lebanon since 2005, when he fled his former home in London and was subsequently declared no longer welcome by the government of the United Kingdom.

In June 2002, I traveled with a colleague to interview Shaykh Omar Bakri at his headquarters in north London. During our discussion, he freely confessed to me, "My dream is to see the Islamic flag over the White House, and it will fly very high... You say to me, you dream. OK, let me enjoy my own dream... let me enjoy my dream... let me be a foolish dreamer, as long as I don’t commit terrorist activity. Don’t censor me and don’t ban me. You banned me in 1988 from university campuses, yet I entered all different university campuses under different names and started many different societies. They close one, I open a new one." Smilingly, he warned, "Be careful. If you keep calling somebody a terrorist... After a while, oh my god, I'm a terrorist... so let me practice it."

In response, I asked the Shaykh exactly what point he and his followers would turn to carrying out acts of violence. He explained, "according to Islam, that can be done only when the treaty is breached. The moment they arrest me, the treaty between us is no longer there, after that I can give my all. And my all will be it... Maybe nothing will happen, maybe my own people will bring me down, maybe they will do nothing, maybe I'm just dreaming--but Islamically speaking, after that, there will be no treaties and no sanctity between us."



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