Despite his numerous connections with the suicide bombers struck London's transit system on July 7, 2005, killing 52 innocent people and wounding nearly 800 more, a British Islamist's company has been paid by Scotland Yard and numerous local councils to "engage" Muslim youths, the London Telegraph reported Saturday.
Tafazal Mohammad, managing director of Muslim Youth Skills (MYS), was called a "person of interest" by the British MI5 agency in 2001 when he attended a jihadist training camp with Mohammed Sidique Khan, ringleader of the suicide terrorist cell that carried out the 7/7 bombings.
Yet today, MYS charges up to 115 British pounds per head (approximately $188) for courses to "engage and empower hard-to-reach and marginalized groups." The group's website claims its clients have included some local authorities as well as the Government Office of London, abolished earlier this year.
Approximately 20 police officers and staff attended an MYS course last year at a cost of approximately $3,000, a Scotland Yard spokesman said. The agency said he was hired as part of a 'strategy" that did not require officers to "routinely carry out background checks." The course was intended "to help improve understanding and relations with young Muslim people," a police spokesman told the Telegraph. Read more about Scotland Yard's approach to jihadism here.
Although Mohammad has never been charged with a terrorist offense, a recent British inquest into the 7/7 bombings said he and Khan were kept under surveillance by West Yorkshire Police and MI5 during a 2001 "training camp organized by known extremists," one investigator said. She added that at that point Mohammed was regarded as a "suspected terrorist sympathiser" by British security services.
Mohammad was a trustee of a jihadist bookshop along with Khan, who bombed the Edgware Road train on 7/7, killing six other people, and Shehzad Tanweer, who bombed the Aldgate transit station, murdering seven people.