He was arrested as part of Operation Challenge, which arrested seven men living in Britain through use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1989, accusing them of links to al-Jihad. One of the men was charged with possession of a weapon. Six months after the arrests, British Muslims staged a demonstration in front of 10 Downing Street to protest the continued incarceration of the seven men.
He had previously been arrested multiple times throughout the 1980s.
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Summary of the Security Intelligence Report concerning Mahmoud Jaballah, 22 February 2008. Appendix A.
- Hoge, Warren. New York Times, "Britain arrests 7 suspected of links to Bin Laden", 24 September 1998
- The Guardian, Police hold Islam cleric 'in fishing expedition', 16 March 1999
- Associated Press, "Police continue questioning of seven arrested in terrorism probe ", 24 September 1998
- Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Position of Fundamentalists in Britain, 23 March 1999
- UPI, "Egypt Helps Britain Round Up Terrorists", 25 September 1998
- Al-Sharq al-Awsat, "British Muslims cited on arrest of fundamentalists", 29 September 1998
- Al-Sharq al-Awsat, "Egyptian Information said to have helped in UK arrests", 28 September 1998
- al-Sharq al-Awsat, "Islamic fundamentalist groups planning 12th March Downing St. Protest", 5 March 1999
- Brachman, Jarret. "Global Jihadism", p. 165
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