Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wanted: Three More Wives for the Islamist Heckler; Radical Places Advert on Marriage Website

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wanted: Three More Wives for the Islamist Heckler; Radical Places Advert on Marriage Website

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

ONEof Britain's most infamous Islamist extremists is seeking three more wives through the internet.

Omar Brooks, who described the 7/7 suicide bombers as "completely praiseworthy" and heckled Home Secretary John Reid in a high-profile confrontation-last week, has signed up to a Muslim marriage website. Although already married with three children and reportedly living off [pounds sterling]700 a month in state benefits, the 31-year-old is seeking more wives, with the intention of fathering more than nine children.

On the site MuslimIntro.com, Brooks - using his Muslim name Abu Izzadeen - describes himself as the "life of the party" and admits to watching "a lot" of Al-Jazeera TV, the satellite network which has broadcast video messages from Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.

He says he is looking for a "second, third or fourth wife" and does not care about their ages as long as they are older than 16 and younger than 40.

Under the category "My Personality", Brooks boasts that he is "passionate, bold, protective, witty and sensitive". He says the "best aspect" of his personality is that he is "very funny loving [sic] and humble t owards the believers inshallah [if Allah wills it]".

He prays, he says, more than five times a day, fasts at Ramadan and has performed hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. Born Trevor Brooks to a Jamaican family in Hackney, he adds that there is " nothing except Islam".

Brooks says his most attractive physical feature is his long beard - although he adds that it "doesn't grow beyond a certain limit". He describes himself as " muscular", 5ft 11in tall, with hazel eyes.

He enjoys kung fu, going to the gym and studying in the local mosque.

When contacted by the Evening Standard, Brooks refused to discuss the website. He said he now only gives live interviews to radio or television because he does not trust any other form of media. Asked about the website, he put the telephone down. It is thought his current wife is of Arabic origin.

Brooks's appearance on the website has become the subject of some ridicule in internet chatrooms.

Last week, the BBC was criticised for allowing him "to rant for a rage-filled 12 minutes" on Radio 4's Today programme. …

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