Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Islamic Extremist Is Senior Official at the Home Office

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Islamic Extremist Is Senior Official at the Home Office

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Byline: RASHID RAZAQ

A LEADING member of a radical Islamic group the Government planned to ban is working for the Home Office.

Abid Javaid, who is a senior executive officer in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's IT department, has been revealed as a Hizb-ut-Tahrir activist.

The fundamentalist organisation, which is banned in several countries, has pledged to turn Britain into an Islamic state ruled under Shariah law. It has also called for the murder of Jews and destruction of Israel.

Tony Blair included the group in a list of those he planned to proscribe shortly after the 7 July bombings, but it has so far escaped any action.

Mr Javaid is based at the IND's Croydon office where tens of thousands of sensitive asylum claims are processed each year.

The department has been at the centre of a series of scandals including corruption among officials and the failure to deport foreign prisoners.

Mr Javaid was revealed to be representing Hizb-ut-Tahrir in talks with Croydon Mosque, which has been trying to stop the group recruiting young Muslims.

Shadow home secretary David Davis called the claims "extraordinary" and questioned Home Of f ice security vetting procedures.

He said: "This is a shocking revelation given Tony Blair's insistence that this group should be proscribed and coming after illegal immigrant workers were discovered working in the Home Office.

"It is even more extraordinary following (Home Secretary) John Reid's assertion that his system for screening employees who work in the Home Office deserves an accolade for its efficiency.

"If this individual has access to sensitive immigration details, can ministers still claim they can maintain the integrity of their ID card database?"

Croydon Mosque trustee Shuaib Yusaf said worshippers had to force out Mr Javaid and his acolytes because of parents' fears. Mr Yusaf said: "Indoctrination is not too strong a word for what they were peddling-Parents were quite pleased if their children had a religious slant and attended the mosque, but they were not too happy for them to become sucked into these radical groups. …

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