Islamist groups blamed for undermining police
Islamist groups in Britain are undermining the fight against terrorism by peddling “myths” about the government’s key anti-radicalisation policy, according to the country’s most prominent Muslim lawyer.
Nazir Afzal, a former chief crown prosecutor, warned that an “industry” of Muslim groups was spreading misinformation about the Prevent strategy.
Mr Afzal, who prosecuted the Rochdale sex-grooming gang, also condemned “self-appointed” community leaders whose sole agenda was to present Muslims “as victims and not as those who are potentially becoming radicals”.
He singled out the Islamist-dominated Muslim Council of Britain, saying he was staggered that in the agenda for its annual general meeting last year there was “nothing about radicalisation and nothing about the threat of people going to Syria”.
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Nazir Afzal interview: ‘Muslims are offered a cause to die for; I would give them something to live for’
Radicalisation is a critical issue on which Nazir Afzal refuses to be silenced
Nazir Afzal likes to speak his mind and last week it cost him his job. After the Manchester atrocity he was asked to appear on Question Time on BBC One alongside the home secretary, Amber Rudd, and the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.
The corporation wanted his unique perspective. He is a former chief crown prosecutor who has successfully prosecuted Islamists for terrorism offences. He campaigns for the victims of crimes based on “imported cultural baggage”. He is an expert on deradicalisation.
He lives in Manchester and he is a Muslim. Until last week he was also the chief executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC).
Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/muslims-are-offered-a-cause-to-die-for-i-d-give-them-something-to-live-for-905t9f3ws