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Saturday 10th September 2005

Michael Meacher has an article in today's Guardian in which he suggests that MI6 is trying to prevent proper investigations into the London bombings of July 7th. He also brings up the story of Haroon Rashid Aswat who was briefly written up by the press as the "mastermind of the bombings", but then rather suddenly forgotten about.

Less well known is evidence of the British government's relationship with a wider Islamist terrorist network. During an interview on Fox TV this summer, the former US federal prosecutor John Loftus reported that British intelligence had used the al-Muhajiroun group in London to recruit Islamist militants with British passports for the war against the Serbs in Kosovo. Since July Scotland Yard has been interested in an alleged member of al-Muhajiroun, Haroon Rashid Aswat, who some sources have suggested could have been behind the London bombings.

According to Loftus, Aswat was detained in Pakistan after leaving Britain, but was released after 24 hours. He was subsequently returned to Britain from Zambia, but has been detained solely for extradition to the US, not for questioning about the London bombings. Loftus claimed that Aswat is a British-backed double agent, pursued by the police but protected by MI6.

He also mentions Omar Saeed Sheikh, currently under sentence of death in Pakistan for the murder of Daniel Pearl, who was also the person who, (on behalf of Mahmood Ahmed, head of the Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency), wired $100,000 to Mohammad Atta shortly before the attacks of 11th September 2001.

Why then is Omar Sheikh not being dealt with when he is already under sentence of death? Astonishingly his appeal to a higher court against the sentence was adjourned in July for the 32nd time and has since been adjourned indefinitely.


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