If Ahmed Hassan takes Mr Justice Haddon-Cave’s advice and studies the Koran more closely than he already has, he won’t emerge from prison a peaceful, gentle man. On the contrary, he will be a more hardened jihadi than he already is. Has this judge ever tried to read the Koran himself? Obviously not. If he had, he wouldn’t be able to say that it is a “book of peace.” But this is the willful ignorance that prevails not just in Britain, but everywhere in the West.
“Parsons Green terrorist is jailed for at least 34 years after the judge rules he lied about only being 18,” by Martin Evans, Telegraph, March 23, 2018:
The Parsons Green bomber lied about his age in order to remain in the UK sparking renewed questions over the screening of child migrants.
Iraqi born, Ahmed Hassan, entered Britain illegally three years ago and then applied for asylum, claiming to be a 16-year orphan, who had keen kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
Hassan was jailed for life with a minimum of 34-years, after being convicted of attempting to murder dozens of commuters on a packed rush hour train at Parsons Green in south west London.
But the case raises serious questions over the ability of officials to weed out asylum seekers who try to take advantage of the system by claiming to be children.
Two years ago the Government came in for intense criticism when pictures emerged showing applicants who appeared to be much older than 17, claiming to be unaccompanied child migrants.
Home Office officials later suggested they might look older because of the ordeals they had suffered,
But critics have insisted the system is open to exploitation and offers a potential gateway for terrorists to enter the UK.
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, told Hassan the length of the sentence reflected the fact he did not believe he was only 18 and said he hoped the amount of time he spent in prison would give him the chance to study the Koran properly.
More than 50 people were injured when the bomb partially detonated sending a fireball down the busy carriage of the District Line train last September.
But it is feared scores would have been killed if the device, which was packed with 400g of ‘Mother of Satan’ explosives, had functioned as Hassan had intended.
At his sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey, the judge said: “Your intention that morning was to kill as many members of the British public as possible by planting the IED (improvised explosive device) on a busy commuter Tube train.”
He went on: “You will have plenty of time to study the Koran in Prison… the Koran is a book of peace… Islam forbids breaking the law of the land…..Islam forbids terror.”
Hassan came to Britain hidden in the the back of a lorry in Autumn of 2015, around the time the government relaxed the rules on accepting asylum applications from unaccompanied minors.
He was found a place in a Barnardo’s children’s home and made a formal asylum application to the Home Office in January 2016.
Hassan told officials his parents had been killed and he had been kidnapped by Isil and trained to kill by them….
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