For someone who wants to downplay the threat of Islamic terrorism, London mayor Sadiq Khan doesn’t have much trouble associating with its perpetrators.
There’s been a viral story circulating the past few days claiming that Khan represented terrorists connected to 9/11 in court. Snopes rated the story “false” because Khan didn’t technically defend a “terrorist” as most stories reported, but rather a co-conspirator (Zacarias Moussaoui). Still, even if we’re to grant Khan the benefit of the doubt, and even accept that he was merely “doing his job” as a lawyer, it’s hardly the only suspicious character he’s come in contact with.
According to the Daily Mail, Khan attended a conference with one of the London Bridge murderers’ close friends who is accused of training one of the 7/7 bombers.
The London Mayor spoke on the same platform as Sajeel Shahid, a militant who is said to have helped to train the ringleader of the July 7 London bomb attacks.
It emerged today Shahid was gym buddies with killer Khuram Butt, who butchered seven people in the deadly rampage on the capital’s streets on Saturday night.
The pair once ran martial arts classes together at the all-Muslim Ummah Fitness gym in east London.
Mr Khan spoke at a 2003 conference alongside Yasser al-Sirri, who had been sentenced to death in Egypt over a political assassination attempt, while another speaker was Sajeel Abu Ibrahim, better known as Sajeel Shahid.
Shahid called for violence against British troops and ran a training camp in Pakistan where known terrorists learned how to make bombs and fire rocket-propelled grenades.
One of his ‘graduates’ was Mohammed Siddique Khan, who led the gang of four suicide bombers on the deadliest terrorist attack ever committed in Britain, killing 52 people on the London Underground and a bus on July 7, 2005.
At the conference, Mr Khan gave a speech about representing a 9/11 conspirator and criticised two anti-terrorism bills for targeting Muslim groups.
This is the same Khan who, earlier today, was asked what he would do about the reported 400 jihadists who took up arms for ISIS then returned to London and replied “I can’t follow 400 people.”
How is there any need to follow them when they’re right under your nose and by your side?