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Muslim with intimate 7/7 links works for Scotland Yard
From The Sunday Telegraph
A man described as a suspected terrorist sympathiser closely linked to the July 7 bombers has worked for Scotland Yard and a string of councils to run training courses about "engaging" Muslim youths.
Tafazal Mohammad was described as an "individual of interest" by MI5 in 2001 when he attended a training camp with the bombings' ringleader, Mohammed Sidique Khan. Despite a host of links with the suicide attackers, Mohammad now promotes himself as a "professionally qualified youth and community worker" and has been paid thousands of pounds by organisations including the Metropolitan Police and Chester University. His company, Muslim Youth Skills, charges up to £115 a head for its courses to "engage and empower hard-to-reach and marginalised groups".
The Bradford-based firm says its courses, many of which are led by Mohammad, are designed for police community support officers, social workers, advisers from the government-run Connexions service for teenagers and youth workers
The 45-year-old was a trustee of a jihadist bookshop along with Khan, who bombed the Edgware Road train killing six, and Shehzad Tanweer, who murdered seven in the Aldgate explosion.
The coroner described him as a "suspected terrorist sympathiser" and said the bookshop was a haunt of "men with extremist views". Mohammad's website says he is an expert on "faith, culture and responses to work with young Muslims post 7/7" but it makes no mention of his close personal links with the murderers themselves.
Mohammad's links to the July 7 attacks were detailed at length in the inquest into the bombings. Khan gave Mohammad's name as a referee when he applied for a job, the inquest heard, and Mohammad's Renault Espace was seen by surveillance officers at another training session attended by the ringleader in 2003. Mohammad oversaw the Iqra bookshop in Beeston, Leeds in 2003 and 2004. After the bombings, it was exposed as an incubating chamber for extremist Muslim views and this year a Charity Commission report found the shop, which was a registered charity, had been "mismanaged" in 2004 by the trustees who included Mohammad.