Radicalisation In UK Prisons

The grim picture of radicalisation in the UK.  The muslims have to think inclusive and stop these menaces of radicalisation in the UK.


All muslims must play a significant role to abolish these abuses in the name of religion. No one safe from this. No one Childs are safe – it is time that the free ride of those bend preachers are stopped asap

Here are some thoughts from a report from Guardian.
The current leaders of Isis and al-Qaeda, two of the most hunted terrorists in the world, owe their education in mass murder to their time in prison. Such radicalisation is a common thread in modern jihadism, with its roots in the torture prisons of postwar Egypt under its military leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser. Sayyid Qutb, the intellectual godfather of today’s Islamists, was imprisoned by Nasser. His writings and execution in 1966 made him a martyr. By then his core idea — that only violence could restore Muslim purity — had taken hold among his acolytes. One such was Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s current leader. He too was schooled in Egypt’s prisons, which only served to harden his approach to terror. A similar trajectory has been followed by the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, whose path to radicalisation appears to have come through Camp Bucca prison, a finishing school for extremists in post-Saddam Iraq. Those charged with combating Islamist terrorism worldwide are aware of the growing challenges posed by prison radicalisation, in particular the overlap between low-level criminality and jihadism. Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s counterterrorism co-ordinator, has described prisons as a massive incubator for radicalisation. France is a case in point. It is estimated that some 60 per cent of France’s 70,000 prisoners are of Muslim origin. Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four Jewish customers at a Kosher store in Paris, and Chérif Kouachi, one of the brothers who carried out the attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, were radicalised in a French prison. Others believed to have turned to radical Islam in jail include Mohammed Merah, the al-Qaeda militant who carried out attacks in 2012, and Mehdi Nemmouche, who orchestrated the 2014 attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum. Britain too faces a growing problem. Justice ministry figures show there are more than 12,000 Muslim prisoners in England and Wales, with some 131 Muslims in prison on extremism-related charges. Terrorism investigators recently confirmed that the Manchester Arena bomber, Salman Abedi, twice visited an imprisoned extremist in the months leading up to the attack. The difficulty is how to stop such extremists from poisoning the minds of others. The UK government thinks the answer is to hold extremist prisoners in specialist units, dubbed “jails within jails”, to stop them from radicalising others. The first such unit is being set up at HM Prison Frankland near Durham in north-east England, with two other centres due to open in coming months. Whether such a move is legal is questionable, and it could face a challenge in the courts. It moves away from a long-established policy of dispersing the most dangerous terrorist prisoners throughout high-security jails. Similar models were tried in Northern Ireland and Germany for extremist republican and leftwing offenders in the 1970s and 1980s, with mixed results. In France and the Netherlands, Islamist terrorists have been held in isolation wings. Critics say it risks creating a Muslim Alcatraz, as well as allowing the most dangerous extremists to build stronger networks inside prison. Governments are struggling to find a coherent strategy — the idea of more Muslim chaplains and tighter controls on extremist literature are mere straws in the wind. Controversial suggestions such as rehabilitating rather than jailing some extremist preachers are deemed politically unpalatable. It is clear that prison staff do not have the skills or expertise to manage the problem, requiring a massive investment in education and training of frontline staff. Time is running out: radicalisation in jails is on the rise and a growing number of extremist attacks are being linked back to prisons.


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