Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TERRORIST'S JOB ON TUBE; Hamza's Son Plotted to Blow Up Britons in Yemen. Why Did He Have Security Pass for Underground?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TERRORIST'S JOB ON TUBE; Hamza's Son Plotted to Blow Up Britons in Yemen. Why Did He Have Security Pass for Underground?

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

LONDON Underground is today accused of a n appalling security blunder for allowing Abu Hamza's son to work on the network.

Mohammed Kamel Mostafa, 25, from Wembley - a convicted terrorist was given a security pass and access to restricted areas.

He worked as a labourer at nights and weekends for a subcontractor despite having spent three years in a Yemen jail for plotting to blow up British tourists.

His father is serving seven years for inciting murder and racial hatred at London mosques.

Labour MP Andrew Dismore said today of Mostafa: "It beggars belief. It wasn't like he was nicked for shoplifting.

It was terror offences in Yemen. You would think the Underground would be particularly sensitive to terrorism."

Brian Cooke, chairman of the passenger watchdog TravelWatch, said: "It is surprising that LU does not appear

to have greater control over the reference checks of people employed by contractors."

In a separate development, the Evening Standard reveals today that Hamza, 48, defied a Treasury order freezing his assets and transferred his [pounds sterling]220,000 flat to his son.

Mostafa was only stopped from working on the Tube when colleagues recognised him and informed bosses who withdrew his pass.

LU chiefs tried to play down Mostafa's employment, saying he was allowed to work because "he has no criminal convictions in the UK".

But questions are being asked over the Tube's vetting process which was supposed to have been dramatically increased following the 7/7 atrocities.

LU pointed out that he was not Tube staff but was employed by a "minor" Continued on Page 5

Continued from Page 1 subcontractor. An LU spokesman said it was up to the contractor - which he refused to name - and not LU to make criminal checks. …

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