Ibrahim conviction

Just a quick comment on the Isa Ibrahim conviction on terrorism charges. Good to see the media recognising the role of the local Muslim community in bringing him to police attention. Although he lived in Westbury-on-Trym, as befits a public schoolboy, Ibrahim started attending a mosque in my constituency shortly before his arrest. I’m told he was encouraged to attend there by a relative, who was concerned about his increasingly radical views and hoped the mosque would act as a moderating influence. The mosque elders were also concerned, and when he appeared at the mosque with burns on his hands, saying he’d been playing with chemicals, they shopped him. This is the first conviction on terrorism offences in the UK as a result of intelligence provided by British Muslims, and serves as further proof that the extremists are very much in the minority.
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