Thursday, 21 May 2015

North EU: Manchester terrorist suspect living freely in Denmark

A terror suspect from Manchester who is banned from returning to Britain is living freely in Denmark, Newsbeat can reveal.

Ahmed Halane, 22, a Danish citizen who grew up in Bolton and Chorlton, is suspected of fighting with militant groups abroad. He is the elder brother of Zahra and Salma Halane, who ran away to Syria to become jihadi brides in June last year. Sources say Ahmed Halane joined jihadists in Syria and Somalia.
He is now living in the Danish city of Aarhus and appears to be free to travel around the EU, even though the UK authorities have deemed him a security risk.

He is subject to an exclusion order which prohibits him from re-entering Britain. "Exclusion orders are not a step that's taken lightly by the authorities," says Stephen Grosz QC and chair of the Law Society's human rights committee.

From a religious family of Somali origin, Ahmed Halane was a pupil at Burnage Academy for Boys who had memorised the Koran by the age of 13.  Sources have told he was radicalised after listening to extremist preachers online, including Anwar Al-Awlaki, a US-born radical Islamist cleric and al-Qaeda leader who was killed in Yemen.

A person who knew Ahmed Halane describes him as "two-faced", someone who only showed his "extremist views" to young people. He was an "inciter" who was "brainwashed by listening to deviant men", says the source.

"He opposes and goes against everything my religion stands for," Newsbeat was told. "He calls to ideologies which result in the killing of innocent people."

Ahmed Halane's twin sisters, Zahra and Salma, have also been used to promote propaganda online for the self-declared Islamic State.
The girls, who are now 17, married IS fighters after arriving in Syria, but both husbands were killed in fighting.
"His twin sisters were inspired by him, but he didn't tell them to go to Syria," says one source close to the Halane family.

Newsbeat tracked down Ahmed Halane in Aarhus. He told Newsbeat that he had not recently spoken to his sisters because they had not been online for a month.

He has been attending a mosque that has been accused of encouraging young people to fight in Syria. "It's just the last maybe 20 days [that he has attended the mosque]," says Oussama el-Saadi, the chairman of Grimhoj mosque in Aarhus.  The mosque had repeatedly been accused of promoting an extremist interpretation of Islam, but now works with police and social workers to try to reintegrate returnee fighters into society. We at SDR can only ask Really ?

Comical that the question hasn't been taken serious by Norwegian authorities as well as there have been so called mixed results. One person, who was part of the programme, has returned to Syria.
How many others we at SDR just wonder.

"We give a very clear message to our people here in the mosque, that we are a part of this country," Mr El-Saadi tells Newsbeat.

"We don't accept by any way to destroy this society we live in," he says, denying that the mosque radicalises young people.  Danish authorities say 22 Aarhus residents who travelled to Syria last year previously attended Grimhoj mosque.  We saw Ahmed Halane close to the mosque hanging out with a number of former jihadi fighters who have returned from Syria.
Officials say not even one returnee fighter in Denmark have been jailed!

"Some of these people have obviously committed crimes, but if we can't prove it we can't send them to prison," Aarhus Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard.

A proof that the Aarhus Mayor is not capable to handle the matter even the slightest is understood by his comment: "If imprisonment not isn't possible we need to do everything in our power to make sure they are reintegrating back into society,". How can anyone believe that they can just go ahead and change someone who just came home from what he thinks is a holy mission where he with great certainty has killed women and even children.  How can one talk of reintegration when it has never shown results worth a dime ? Really how stupid is that ?

A friend of Ahmed Halane told us that he believes he was recently free to travel to Norway. The news media Newsbeat requested an interview with Danish police about the situation, but they declined to be questioned.  The Home Office says it will not comment on whether British officials have alerted other EU countries about Ahmed Halane's exclusion order.

"It's very likely that the intelligence would be shared within the intelligence community internationally, the fact there's an exclusion order and the reasons for it," says Stephen Grosz QC.

Ahmed Halane was born in Denmark and then moved with his family and sisters to Manchester.
He knew a number of Manchester terror suspects, including Nur Hassan and Mohammed Javeed, who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State in late 2013.

He left the UK and travelled to Cairo in Egypt to study the same year, but later went missing. At around this time Ahmed Halane travelled to Somalia, somewhere he admits he lived. A source close to the family says he joined al Shabaab, a jihadi group linked to al-Qaeda. A number of sources say he also travelled to Syria and was seen in the northern city of Manbij, where his twin sisters, now widows, are believed to be living.

We understand he denies going to Syria.....But for whims a Muslim he may according to his own faith tell what ever lie without it affecting his character to an infidel! Especially if it serves a holy war.

"I pray to Allah you come back to us and your homeland.  I know evil men brainwashed [you]," says one message, posted on a social messaging site last year, apparently by a family member. And another message read: "The UK government will forgive because they know children get misled."

On a social media site, Ahmed Halane recently commented about his life, writing: "Interesting past."

Finally now he is now being monitored by the Danish intelligence services.  The Halane family declined to speak to Newsbeat the developments. Newsbeat hasn't named sources to protect their identities and neither will we at SDR.