THE Labour councillor’s son arrested for allegedly trying to sneak into Syria was linked to the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, it emerged yesterday.
Waheed Ahmed, 21, was influenced by the group that advocates the death penalty for gays and adulterers until six months ago when his interests switched to groups in Syria, sources have told the Sunday Express.
He was held last week with eight relatives, including four children, having apparently tried to cross into Syria from a remote Turkish border town.
They are all understood to come from Rochdale in Greater Manchester, where Waheed’s father Shakil Ahmed represents the Kingsway ward on the borough council. The other adult relatives have been named as Zareeda Bi, 47, Maboob Yasin, 22, Habib Yasin, 24, and Samia Bi, 22. The children are aged one, three, eight and 11.