A LONDON Islamic fanatic jailed in 2016 for terrorist offences has been banned from being involved in the running of schools in order to protect children from ‘dangerous influences’.
Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, above, ran the unregistered Siddeeq Academy in Tower Hamlets, east London, which closed in 2015 after his arrest.
In 2016 he was jailed for five-and-a-half years, alongside Muslim hate preacher Anjem Choudary, for inviting support for Islamic State. Before he was sent down for supporting IS Choudary and his wife were raking in £25,000-a-year in benefits for themselves and their four kids, while at the same pouring scorn on British workers struggling to earn a living and calling for a British caliphate.
Rahman was released from prison on October 24 last year, prompting Education Secretary Damian Hinds to issue the direction which was made last month but only published this week.
It is the third time powers under Section 128 of the Education Act have been exercised since it came into force in September 2014.
The banning order states that Rahman:
Is unsuitable to take part in the management of an independent school (including an academy or Free School). The barring decision also has the effect of disqualifying the person from being a governor at a maintained school.
As well as the 2016 conviction, in 2006 Rahman was convicted of inciting racial hatred, the following year he was convicted of solicitation to murder.
The order issued by Mr Hinds further states:
He (Rahman) also engaged in social media activity that was aimed at undermining fundamental British values and, in addition, was so inappropriate that, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, it makes Mr Rahman unsuitable to take part in the management of an independent school.
The Government has a duty to protect children from dangerous influences and Mizanur Rahman, who has been convicted under the terrorism act, quite clearly has no place in our schools.
We will always act swiftly and decisively to safeguard our young people and this order is evidence of that.
The first ever banning order was issued in 2015 to Tahir Alam who was at the heart of the alleged Trojan Horse plot by hard-line Muslims to take control of governing boards.
It said he engaged in conduct:
Aimed at undermining fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
In 2017, Waseem Yaqub, former chairman of governors of Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, was found to have engaged in inappropriate conduct which made him:
Unsuitable to take part in the management of an independent school.
The banning order said that:
In his various roles on Al-Hijrah’s governing body, Mr Yaqub promoted, permitted or failed to challenge inadequate financial monitoring and decision-making on the part of the governing body.
I should point out that, shortly before Choudary’s jailing, I had a blazing row with Talk Radio Europe, which is based in Spain, for announcing they would have the preacher as a guest on the following day. They had the gall to describe him as a “a prominent and well-respected Muslim cleric.” I called the station to berate them for having this hatemonger as a guest.
The upshot is that they allowed me to grill Choudary on statements he made about the duty of Muslims to execute homosexuals by throwing them off of tall buildings.
He tried to explain that his words applied only to countries governed by shariah law. When I called him a “fucking liar” because the buildings he identified as suitable for such executions were actually in London, I was thrown off air.