Wednesday, November 26, 2014

British jihadist skips bail, taunts "shoddy" security

British jihadist Abu Rumaysah seen in a photo purportedly taken in Syria and posted to his Twitter account on
Nov. 26, 2014, with the caption: "With my newborn son."
LONDON (CBS) -- A British jihadi who told Clarissa Ward in an interview for "60 Minutes" that he couldn't even love his mother because she isn't a Muslim, has seemingly thwarted the U.K. authorities and managed to travel to Syria.

Siddhartha Dhar, a British-Indian who converted to Islam as a young man and adopted the name Abu Rumaysah, started posting messages to his Twitter account Monday claiming he has reached territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He taunts British law enforcement for letting him "breeze through Europe to the Islamic State."
What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze
through Europe to the Islamic State. #Tawakkul

— Abu Rumaysah (@aburumaysah1435) November 24, 2014
Ward met and interviewed Rumaysah, 31, for her "60 Minutes" report on Muslim radicalization in Britain. Rumaysah is a close associate of radical British cleric Anjem Chaudary, who has operated a series of banned Islamic organizations in London for years.

Shar, along with Choudary and a handful of other suspects, was briefly arrested on September 25 on suspicion of belonging to a banned organization and other terrorism related offenses. He was released on bail, on the condition that he hand over his passport to authorities.

British prosecutor Luke Ponte told "The Mail" he believed Rumaysah boarded a coach for Paris on September 27, just two days after he was arrested.

"He failed to comply with the conditions to surrender his travel documents to police. It's my understanding that he is no longer in the jurisdiction and that he is currently in Syria," Ponte told the newspaper.

If his tweets are true, Rumaysah joins an estimated 500 Britons who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad. His case would be more of an embarrassment to the British government as it had clearly identified him as a potential risk and attempted to prevent him traveling abroad.