Saturday, July 30, 2005

Mohammed Naseem - Birmingham's most prominent Muslim leader,dwp_uuid=46d6f5a8-d260-11d8-b661-00000e2511c8,ft_acl=,s01=2.html

Mohammed Naseem, Birmingham's most prominent Muslim leader, says he has doubts about the evidence which suggests that Muslims carried out the bomb attacks in London on July 7 and 21.

Mr Naseem denied there was any convincing evidence the September 11 attacks on New York had been carried out by the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation.

He said: “Muslims across the world know of no organisation called al-Qaeda. That information comes from the CIA.”

Mr Naseem, who represents a congregation of several thousand, was speaking in Bordesley Green close to the scene of yesterday's police anti-terrorism operation.

Asked whether he believed Muslim terrorists attacked London on July 7 and 21, he said: “I have not seen the evidence for that.”

He said: “All we have is CCTV camera photos, identity cards and driving licences. These could have been innocent men.”

Speaking to BBC Radio WM he questioned the existence of al-Qaeda.

"I don't think al-Qaeda exists because we Muslims all over the world have not known this organisation," he said."The only information about this organisation is coming from the CIA. Now, the CIA is not known for telling the truth."

Dr Naseem is one of the elder statesmen of Islam in Britain and has been a leading figure among Muslims for many years in Birmingham.

His position in the city arguably means he runs one of the most important Islamic institutions in Britain, the mosque being regularly used by thousands of Muslims from across the west Midlands.



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