Radical Islamist, pro-Al Qaeda preacher arrested in Lebanon

www.albawaba.com - 26 May 2014

A firebrand Islamist preacher who was banned from the UK after praising Al Qaeda attacks on the West has been arrested in Lebanon for allegedly supporting terrorism.

Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohamed, a Syrian-born preacher who moved to the UK in the 1980s, became infamous in Britain after reportedly describing the 9/11 bombers as “the Magnificent 19” and the London 7/7 bombers as the “Fantastic Four”.

He also founded the since-banned Islamist organisation Al-Muhajiroun and helped convert Michael Adebowale, who went on to take part in the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, in May 2013.

Lebanon’s Interior Minister, Nouhad Machnouk, told a press conference yesterday that Mr Bakri Mohamed had been arrested in the early hours of the morning in the city of Aley, in the mountains southeast of Beirut.

“This person has contributed in every aspect in supporting terrorism,” he alleged.

Lebanon has been embroiled in sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims, fuelled by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. Mr Bakri Mohamed, a Sunni, has praised Al Qaeda in recent speeches, according to the Reuters news agency. (continue reading...)