That unwittingly, citizens patronizing these businesses plied money into the pockets of these jihadis is one thing, that the bastard who set up these businesses to fund the jihad gets away with it is entirely another. We don’t even to get to know who he is.
Revealed: How YOU gave £1million to Sweet Shop jihadist gang while they held ‘sharia surgeries’ and waged their campaign of hate
His firms included an old-fashioned sweet shop in the East End of London (pictured), in whose basement the extremists would hold ‘Sharia surgeries’ and discuss their plans for murderous jihad
- Supporters of Choudary paid by businessman to run training courses
- Businessman also ran a sweet shop in the East End of London
- Received grants from Government agency after links to Choudary known
- Man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, branded a terrorist funder
Britain’s most notorious Islamist extremists were bankrolled by more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money while waging their campaign of hate, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
A dozen supporters of Islamic State recruiter Anjem Choudary – many of them now convicted terrorists or jihadis who are fighting in Syria or have died there – were paid wages by a businessman who was handed huge sums of public money to run computer training courses in libraries and job centres.
And now a judge has found that the man – a close associate of Choudary’s – funnelled tens of thousands of pounds through front companies to key members of Choudary’s banned terrorist group Al-Muhajiroun (ALM).
A dozen supporters of Islamic State recruiter Anjem Choudary (pictured) were paid wages by a businessman who was handed huge sums of public money to run computer training courses in libraries and job centres
His firms included an old-fashioned sweet shop in the East End of London, in whose basement the extremists would hold ‘Sharia surgeries’ and discuss their plans for murderous jihad.
But, astonishingly, the businessman continued to receive grants from a Government agency nearly four years after his links to Choudary first became known.
Many members of the gang he financed and provided a headquarters for are now behind bars or fighting for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, including:
- Siddhartha Dhar, the IS executioner known as ‘Jihadi Sid’, who was employed as a printer maintenance technician for the training firm;
- Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, Choudary’s right-hand man, who is facing jail for supporting IS but once designed websites and did marketing;
- Brusthom Ziamani, serving a 22-year sentence for trying to kill a British police officer or serviceman, attended ALM talks underneath the sweet shop and was on its payroll;
- Trevor Brooks, behind bars for trying to reach Syria, was a ‘hardworking’ employee of the firm who ‘even did overtime’.
The businessman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was branded a terrorist funder by Ministers and had his bank accounts frozen after police and MI5 said he had enabled ALM ‘to exist and grow by providing employment and meeting places under an apparent legitimate veil of a confectionery shop’.
But he was never charged with any offence and has now won his appeal against the Treasury’s freezing of his assets.
Details of the astonishing state funding of Britain’s most notorious terror group have only emerged in the High Court case he brought against the Government.