A Muslim barrister has been filmed telling a women’s workshop that the government is lying about the threat posed by Islamic State.
Ibtihal Bsis, a presenter on the London-based Islam TV channel and member of the radical Hizb ut-Tahrir group, tells the meeting in Southampton that as Muslims they are being oppressed and accuses the government of deliberately exaggerating the ISIS threat as an excuse to hound Muslims.
EXCLUSIVE: A BBC South Today investigation has revealed attempts by a speaker to influence Muslim women in Hampshire with a rhetoric that’s been called ‘dangerous’ and ‘destructive’. Authorities trying to prevent radicalisation in the South say there are some individuals working directly against them, creating fear and resentment. There are warnings it could leave communities vulnerable to the influence of violent extremists. Our Home Affairs Correspondent Emma Vardy has this exclusive report
In a statement from Ibtihal Bsis’ lawyers issued after the film was edited for broadcast she says: “It is in all of our interests to stamp out terrorism in the UK and abroad. However, I believe that it is important that as a society we seek to scrutinise the recently passed Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which I, together with a number of experts feel may have a disproportionately negative impact on the Muslim community. I am disappointed that the BBC may use the comments which I have made out of context to present the Muslim community and those questioning the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in a negative light.”