When I pointed out that Sadiq Khan’s mentor in becoming the Labour candidate for Mayor of London was Red Ken, who supports radical Islam, and asked where Mr. Khan stood on the issue, the answer was silence. Anyone else who asked this question was accused of racism. Sadiq’s supporters cannot accuse me of this because I am a known enthusiastic supporter of British Muslims on twitter. As Mayor, Ken Livingstone caused outrage when he invited terrorist Al Qaradawi to City HallIt now transpires that according to this morning’s Sunday Times, Sadiq has repeated shared a platform with an extremist Imam, who acted as an al-Qaeda recruiter. The Sunday Times reports: “The London mayoral race erupted into acrimony as a former aide to Theresa May said Khan lacked “judgment” for attending at least four meetings organised by Stop Political Terror, a group supported by Anwar al-Awlaki.
The Yemeni-American imam preached to three 9/11 hijackers and was dubbed “the bin Laden of the internet” for his online videos that helped recruit terrorists. He was killed in a US drone strike in 2011.”
Sadiq Khan has justified his action by saying he had gone to the events only to campaign to stop Babar Ahmad, a Tooting contemporary, being extradited to America. Ahmad later pleaded guilty to “conspiracy and providing material to support terrorism”. He called Cage a “vile organisation”. The meetings came when Khan was Labour’s candidate in Tooting before the 2005 general election.
The Sunday Times reports: “Stop Police Terror, founded in 2003, changed its name to Stop Political Terror in September 2004. On August 8, 2004, Khan attended a conference alongside Adnan Siddiqui, who helped run the group and is now a prominent member of Cage, and Makbool Javaid, who signed a fatwa in 1998 calling for a “full-scale war of jihad” against Britain.
On October 21, 2004, Stop Political Terror boasted on its website that Awlaki was one of the group’s “supporters”. Awlaki had delivered an address at an event at the extremist East London Mosque on December 26, 2003, telling worshippers: “You don’t hand over a Muslim to the enemies,” a call for British Muslims not to co-operate with the police.
In November 2004, Khan spoke at a Stop Political Terror demonstration outside Woodhill prison with Siddiqui. Further events followed in February and March 2005, the first alongside Bilal Patel, a supporter of Abu Hamza, whom he once described as the “victim of a witchhunt”.
It is only fair to Mr. Khan to read in full the original article in the Times, and I urge everyone to get hold of a copy. The article concludes: “But Nick Timothy, a former adviser to the home secretary, said: “We already knew that Sadiq Khan spent years campaigning to prevent the extradition of Babar Ahmad, who pleaded guilty to terrorism offences in the US. Now he appears to have links with an organisation that called on Muslims not to co-operate with the police, was connected to Anwar al-Awlaki, and became part of the notorious Cage. London faces a serious threat from terrorism: anybody who wants to be its mayor should show better judgment.”
Update: Sadiq Khan “cannot recall” if he shared other platforms with extremists.