Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Compile Dossier to Help Evict Islam Extremist

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Compile Dossier to Help Evict Islam Extremist

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK;RASHID RAZAQ

PRESSURE is growing today to force a leading Islamist extremist out of his [pounds sterling]300,000 council house.

Police have sent a file on Omar Brooks, who last week heckled the Home Secretary, to officials "exploring" ways of evicting him from the home he lives in at taxpayers' expense.

Brooks, under police investigation for a number of controversial statements, lives with his family in a three-bedroom Edwardian house in Leytonstone owned by Waltham Forest council.

The Evening Standard has learned that following his confrontation with John Reid, police were asked to prepare a private briefing note to council officials examining possible grounds for his eviction.

The file lists Brooks's "known activities" in the borough and names organisations with which he was associated and which have since been outlawed.

A police source told the Standard: "The briefing note went to the council two or three days ago.

The council wanted more information. They were exploring the possibility of evicting him from his council house."

With his mentor Omar Bakri Mohammed exiled to Lebanon and the jailing of Abu Hamza, Brooks - who also goes by the name Abu Izzadeen - is arguably the leading Islamist extremist still operating freely in Britain.

Brooks, 31, a father of three, is a founder of Al-Ghurabaa, one of the organisations proscribed in July. The file notes Brooks regularly manned a stall run by another extremist organisation, al-Muhajiroun, at Walthamstow market.

Last week he shouted down the Home Secretary at the launch in Leyton of a government drive to warn Muslim parents to check their children were not being brainwashed by fanatics.

Brooks is being investigated for remarks including a comment in which he described the 7/7 bombers as "completely praiseworthy". …

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