Radical cleric uses UK as base to preach in support of violent Islamists

Libyan mufti Sheikh Sadeq al-Ghariani is thought to be using a British based Internet TV channel to encourage Islamist fighters to overthrow the Libyan government Photo: AFP

Questions are being asked over the presence of a radical Libyan cleric in Britain preaching in support of Islamists battling the country’s government

A radical foreign cleric was last night accused of using a British based Internet TV channel to encourage Islamist fighters trying to overthrow the government in Libya.

Grand mufti Sheikh Sadiq Al-Ghariani, Libya’s highest spiritual leader, is alleged to be using the UK as a base from which to help orchestrate the takeover of his home country by extremist militias with ideological links to the brutal Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq.

Home Office officials are understood to be examining whether the cleric is breaching any British laws by using an Internet channel based here to preach support for Libya Dawn, the Islamist militia which has captured large parts of Tripoli and forced the Libyan government to flee the relative safety of eastern parts of the country.

Mr Al-Ghariani, who is understood to have travelled to London on a tourist visa “several months ago”, could be excluded from Britain on national security grounds and on grounds of ‘unacceptable behaviour’, including extremist speech, according to officials…

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