Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008
Former intelligence chief Baroness Neville-Jones has urged Scotland Yard to sack one of its anti-terrorism advisers who is wanted by Interpol for terrorist offences.
Mohamed Ali Harrath has reportedly been advising the Metropolitan Police, the UK’s biggest force, on countering Muslim extremism.
Lady Neville-Jones, who chaired the Joint Intelligence Committee, and is a former governor of the BBC, has called for the Home Office and Scotland Yard to explain themselves.
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She told The Times: “Unless and until the Interpol red notice is removed it seems quite wrong that Mohamed Ali Harrath should be employed as an adviser.
“The Government must answer some very serious questions about its border control and vetting systems. Both the Home Office and Metropolitan Police have access to Interpol’s information. Did the Home Office access this information before allowing Mohamed Ali Harrath to enter, and did the Metropolitan Police check it before allowing him to work for them? If not, why not?”
Lady Neville-Jones, the Shadow Security minister, added: “If they did access Interpol’s data, how could the Home Office let in and the Met employ an individual with a red notice for alleged links to a suspected terrorist organisation? The FCO must be aware that the Tunisian Government, an ally in the fight against terrorism, has asked for the extradition of this man.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:42 am