Daily Fail spread on two brothers from Cardiff who apparently joined ISIS, was perhaps read with shock to many of the readers. The report painted a picture of two young Muslim men with a history of racism and gang crime. In other words, these “jihadists” were being depicted as “conveyor-belt to radicalisation” material and supporting the neocon narrative on Syria.
However, a shockingly revealing interview by campaign goup CAGE courses a much more complex set of facts, which eludes the Daily Fail propaganda piece. The possibility of involvement by the security services castes doubt on the authenticity of the narrative being drawn around “jihadists” travelling to Syria. If they did allow the brothers to travel to Syria knowingly then it indicates towards a narrative is being architected to justify the draconian acts of the neocon Charity Commission against Muslim charities and the war which anti-Muslim Michael Gove has waged on the Muslim minority in the context of education.
Below is the the report, by CAGE’s Asim Qureshi. Please read and share.
CAGE INTERVIEW: MUTHANA BROTHERS: MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS
“I was shocked, what do you expect? I was in a complete state of shock. My wife…she just collapsed on the floor.”
“They then got the North-West Counterterrorism police on the Tuesday, 12 November 2013. Eight of them came to see me! They came with a warrant to search the house from the magistrates court. They didn’t raid my house, they just knocked on the door and provided us with the notice of the search. They stayed in the house from 5pm – 10pm at night. They only really just searched his room, giving a cursory glance over the rest of the house. They have kept his laptop – they took mine as well – but have returned it back to me.North-West Counterterrorism arrived with a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I am almost certain this was because they wanted to see if we would lie to them about how much we knew. I kept on explaining that I had no idea of what Nasser was going to do. When I asked if I needed legal advice, they explained to me that I did not need it, they said that they are not against us, and they were only there to support us.They asked me a lot of questions about the local mosque, and whether I suspected that they had any involvement in my son deciding to leave for Syria. I told them that I attend the mosque myself, and I have never heard them encouraging anyone to do such things. They were asking many questions about the whole community and who was in contact with whom. I told them I knew nothing about the friends really, just their names and that I thought they were good boys.”
“As soon as I heard of Nasser going to Syria, I immediately confiscated Asseel’s passport and hid it with my friend. Just in case Asseel had any intention to act like his brother. It came as a huge surprise with on 21 January 2014, CID came to my home at 9 o’clock in the morning asking me where Asseel’s passport was. I explained that it was with me, and they said no. I immediately ran to my friend’s house to retrieve that passport to show them that I still had it. We compared the passport numbers, and the police officer laughed and said that Asseel was in Cyprus.”
“While I have been largely left alone by the police now, I still see the same people watching me and the house wherever I go. I still see the same cars over and over again, it seems to be quite obvious. I think they want me to know they are keeping an eye on my family. Once I was quite unwell, and I was not able to pray the morning prayer in the mosque. One of the officers called me and said what is the matter, you don’t go to the mosque these days? I explained I was unwell, but it was surprising they rang during this period when I had not been able to attend for a couple of days. You never know, someone could be praying next to you but they could be a non-Muslim spying on the community.One incident was quite funny. There was one non-Muslim female police officer, and I know she is not a Muslim. I saw her going to pray in the upstairs of the mosque and I could see from her eyes behind the veil that we recognised one another. Later on she said to me you very nearly said who I was out loud. I told her I did not want to say anything because I did not want to get involved.”