Abu Izzadeen

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Abu Izzadeen
Born Trevor Richard Brooks
(1975-04-18) 18 April 1975 (age 42)
Hackney, London, UK
Nationality British
Criminal charge Breaching the U.K.'s Terrorism Act of 2006.
Children 3
Conviction(s) 2008, guilty of incitement to terrorism

Abu Izzadeen (Arabic: ابو عز الدين‎, Abū ‘Izz ad-Dīn, born Trevor Richard Brooks,[1] (born 18 April 1975), is a British spokesman for Al Ghurabaa, a British Muslim organisation banned under the Terrorism Act 2006 for the glorification of terrorism.[2] He was convicted on charges of terrorist fund-raising and inciting terrorism overseas on 17 April 2008,[3] and sentenced to four and a half years in jail. He was released in May 2009,[4] after serving three and a half years, including time on remand. In January 2016, he was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for breaching the Terrorism Act by leaving the UK illegally.[5]

Personal background[edit]

Abu Izzadeen is a British citizen born on 18 April 1975 in Hackney, east London, to a Christian[6] family originally from Jamaica. Brooks converted to Islam the day before he turned 18, on 17 April 1993, changing his name to Omar, but preferring to be called Abu Izzadeen. He is fluent in Arabic.[7][8]

He trained and worked for a while as an electrician. He has three children with his wife, Mokhtaria, whom he married in 1998.[8][9][10]

Political activities[edit]

Abu Izzadeen met Omar Bakri Muhammed and Abu Hamza al-Masri at Finsbury Park Mosque in the 1990s; this is when he is thought to have been radicalised.[9] He visited Pakistan in 2001, before the 11 September attacks, as part of Al-Muhajiroun; he said he went there to give a series of lectures. He also said he had attended terror training camps in Afghanistan.[8][9]

He described the 7/7 suicide bombers in London as "completely praiseworthy".[11] On the eve of the anniversary of the 7/7 attacks in London, he was filmed preaching to a group of Muslims in Birmingham mocking and laughing at those who believe in the war on terror and who feel a need to resist Islamic terrorism. He also mocked the courage of journalists who were captured by insurgents.[12] He has openly stated that he wishes to die as a suicide bomber.[13]

On 20 September 2006, Abu Izzadeen and Anjem Choudary disrupted Home Secretary John Reid's first public meeting with Muslims since his appointment. He called Reid an "enemy" of Islam.[14] John Humphrys interviewed Izzadeen on the edition of 22 September 2006 of BBC Radio 4's Today programme. In a heated discussion Abu Izzadeen stated that his aim was to bring about Sharia law in the UK and that this should be achieved without following the democratic process but rather "in accordance to the Islamic methodology".[15]

On 22 March 2017, Izzadeen was incorrectly identified as the perpetrator of the 2017 Westminster attack by a number of news sources, including Channel 4 News and The Independent, until it emerged that he was still in prison.[16][17][18] This incorrect information was subsequently added to Izzadeen's Wikipedia page, sparking a conflict among editors over whether it should be included. It was removed once and for all eight hours after the attack, after Channel 4 apologized for incorrectly naming Izzadeen as the attack's perpetrator.[19]

Arrests and convictions (2007–15)[edit]

British police arrested Abu Izadeen on charges of inciting terrorism on 2 August 2007. A spokesman for Scotland Yard said the arrest is related to an "on-going inquiry," involving a speech Abu Izadeen gave in the West Midlands area in 2006, which predates 20 September 2006 incident.[20][21]

Izzadeen was arrested again in a pre-dawn police raid on 24 April 2007 under the Terrorism Act 2000 "in connection with inciting others to commit acts of terrorism overseas and terrorist fundraising". [22]

On 17 April 2008, Izzadeen was among six men convicted at Kingston Crown Court of supporting terrorism, while the jury failed to reach a verdict on a third charge of encouraging terrorism.[3] He was subsequently jailed for three and a half years.

On 14 November 2015, Izzadeen and Sulayman Keeler were detained by police in Lőkösháza, Hungary, on a train heading to Bucharest, Romania, because they were not able to identify themselves.[23][24][25][26] During the time of their detention, on 17 November 2015, a European Arrest Warrant appeared in the Schengen Information System against both individuals. The two men did not inform the British authorities about leaving the UK despite the court decision ordering them to do so.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brooks, Trevor Richard: Mother's maiden name, Reid: Registration district, Hackney: volume/page in registry 12/1573". Transcription of England and Wales birth registrations 1837–1983. FreeBMD.org.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Terror treason charge considered". BBC News. 8 August 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Six guilty of terrorism support". BBC News. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Casciani, Dominic (6 May 2009). "Radical preacher released early". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Two jailed for breaching terror laws after Hungary deportation". BBC News. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Gardham, Duncan (17 April 2008). "Muslim preacher Abu Izzadeen guilty of inciting terrorism". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Debate on Newsnight about Abu Izzadeen and extremism". YouTube. 
  8. ^ a b c Al Shafey, Mohammed (9 May 2006). "The UK's New Face of Radicalism". Asharq Al-Awsat. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. 
  9. ^ a b c "Wanted: three more wives for Islamist heckler". Daily Mail. London. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2007. 
  10. ^ "The electrician who turned into a radical". Daily Telegraph. London. 10 February 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2007. 
  11. ^ Cobain, Ian; Fielding, Nick; Cowan, Rosie (11 February 2006). "Reborn extremist sect had key role in London protest". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Smug British Terrorist mocks victims of 9/11, 7/7, etc". YouTube. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Inside the sect that loves terror". The Times. 7 August 2005. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Reid heckled during Muslim speech". BBC News. 20 September 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "BBC interview with Abu Izzadeen". BBC Radio 4. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  16. ^ Sharman, Jon (22 March 2017). "Abu Izzadeen's brother says he is still in prison and not London attacker". The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  17. ^ Meyjes, Toby (22 March 2017). "Man incorrectly named as London terror attacker 'still in prison'". Metro. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "Solicitor denies Westminster attacker is Clapton hate preacher Abu Izzadeen". Hackney Citizen. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  19. ^ Scott, Mark (24 March 2017). "Fake Sleuths: Web Gets It Wrong on London Attacker". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Reid's Heckler: Cleric Under Arrest". Sky News. 8 February 2007. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "UK police arrest outspoken Muslim". Cable News Network. 8 February 2007. Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. 
  22. ^ "Six arrested in London anti-terror raids". Yahoo News. 24 April 2007. Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. 
  23. ^ "Jól ismert brit iszlamista hitszónokot fogtak Lőkösházánál" (in Hungarian). 444.hu. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  24. ^ "Terrorfinanszírozásért elítélt angolokat fogtak őkösházánál" (in Hungarian). 444.hu. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  25. ^ "A terrorizmus segítői – Announcement | A Magyar Rendőrség hivatalos honlapja" (in Hungarian). Police.hu. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  26. ^ "Hungary detains two Britons previously convicted of terrorism offences". Reuters. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2017.