Fly the flag of Islam over Dail Eireann, extremist demands
Published 20/10/2006 | 00:11
THE flag of Islam should be flown over Leinster House, an Islamic extremist has said.
Speaking in Dublin before addressing a Trinity College debate, Anjem Choudary also reiterated controversial views that Muslim violence is justified in certain circumstances.
The British-born lawyer (39) angered the Government last year when he said that Ireland risked becoming a target for a 9/11 style attack because it allowed US war planes to refuel at Shannon Airport.
Garda Special Branch detectives and Army Intelligence closely monitored the Islamic radical firebrand at the college debate.
And earlier this week Defence Minister Willie O'Dea warned that if Mr Choudary repeated his inflammatory comments here and returned to Britain, his extradition should be sought, if necessary, to face criminal charges.
Today garda chiefs will go through Mr Choudary's address to Trinity College's University Philosophical Society to determine if any of his words were provocative and might merit a prosecution.
The cleric, who was the main spokesman for the notorious al-Muhajiroun Group, spoke against the motion that: "This house believes that Islamist violence can never be justified".
Supporting him before a packed house were Sulayman "Simon" Keeler of the al-Ghurabaa Islamist Group and Omar "Trevor" Brooks, religious leader of the Saviour Sect Group.
Among those supporting the motion were Islamic scholar Sheikh Ali Al Saleh, Imam of the Dublin Shia Mosque congregation, and Shaheed Satardien of the Supreme Muslim council of Ireland.
Sheikh Al Saleh, in a hard hitting support of the motion, said Islamic extremists had hijacked the name of Islam. He said: "Islam is the heritage of mankind."
Mr Satardien slammed Muslim vigilantes who had six attempts on his life and fire-bombed his home four times in South Africa.
Staring directly at Mr Choudary and his supporters, he said his youngest brother had been brutally killed by extremists.
He said: "I believe violence perpetrated in the name of Islam is a terrible slur on the name of Islam."