Islamic fanatic has top job at Home Office
By Gabriel Milland
Daily Express, 15 November 2006
A RADICAL Muslim leader holds a highly sensitive job at the Home Office, it has emerged. In a major security blunder, a leader of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir is working for the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND). The IND is charged with ensuring foreign suspects with terror links are kept out of Britain.
Moderate Muslim leaders in south London told BBC2’s Newsnight last night key Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Awid Jawaid worked at the IND’s processing office in Croydon, south London. Mosque elder Shoib Minhas said: “He gave me his card and it showed he worked at the Home Office.” Mr Jawaid admitted to the programme that he was a member of Hizb ut-Tahir.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: “This is a shocking revelation given Tony Blair’s insistence that Hizb ut-Tahrir should be proscribed, and after illegal immigrants were discovered working in the Home Office. It is even more extraordinary following John Reid’s assertion that his system for screening employees who work in the Home Office deserved an accolade for its efficiency.”
The revelation came hours before Labour efforts to put itself at the forefront of the fight against terrorism were expected to dominate today’s Queen’s Speech to Parliament.