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Mohammad al-Massari

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Mohammad Al-Massari is an exiled Saudi physicist and political dissident who gained asylum in the United Kingdom in 1994.[1] He runs the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (CDLR) and is an adviser to the Islamic Human Rights Commission. In the mid-2000s, he was employed as a lecturer by the physics department of King's College London.

Mohammed Al-Masari successfully fought deportation from the United Kingdom in 1996.[2]

History

During the trial of individuals charged with roles in the bombing of the American embassy in Nairobi evidence was made public that an Exact-M 22 satellite phone purchased by another Saudi dissident Saad Al Faqih, and given to Mohammed Al Masari in 1996, to aid in his deportation fight, received a call from one of the Nairobi suicide bombers eight days before the attack.[2] The phone was also reported to have been used to make calls to arrange an interview of Usama bin Laden by ABC News World News Tonight.[3]

There are reports that attribute to Mohammed Al-Masari the assertion that Iraq's leader Saddam Hussein contacted Afghan Arabs in late 2001, following the American invasion, inviting them to find refuge in Iraq.[4] In its report of this assertion the Middle East Online noted that other experts disputed the claim.

He has been known to declare British troops in Iraq to be legitimate targets for militants, and has hosted videos of bomb attacks and beheadings on his website.[1][5] He runs a radio station with similar messages, including songs calling for a jihad against coalition forces.[1] Although some government officials have expressed concern over the content of his broadcasts, al-Massari insists that his radio station is not broadcast in Britain and therefore is not under the jurisdiction of the British government.[1]

In March 2003 he made an extended appearance on the BBC series of the television discussion programme After Dark alongside, among others, Albie Sachs, Jim Swire and David Shayler.

In 2004 it was revealed that a corrupt British policeman had used a police computer to research the registration number of the car belonging al-Massari. The policeman passed on information to a Saudi Arabian intelligence officer.[6] Mohammad al-Massari then had to go into witness protection program for his own safety.[7]

Al-Massari and his Tajdeed website get a few mentions in a 2006 analysis[8] of the use of graphics in Islamist terrorist propaganda. The Tajdeed website was taken down in July 2007, possibly in response to publicity generated by a MEMRI report[9] about that site and others like it.

He is the former head of CDLR and is a former member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and currently is the head of the Party for Islamic Renewal.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Calls to close dissident's radio". BBC. 18 August 2005.
  2. ^ a b John Sweeney (2002-03-10). "Bin Laden connected to London dissident". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  3. ^ "United States v. Usama bin Laden". United States Department of Justice. 2001-03-27. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  4. ^ "Total war: Inside the new Al-Qaeda". Middle East Online. 2006-03-03. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  5. ^ "Saudi dissident faces action under tougher laws". Financial Times. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  6. ^ PC jailed for leaking information, 4 October, 2004, BBC
  7. ^ Miles, Hugh; Newton, Alastair (2017). "The Future of the Middle East". Arab Digest and Global Policy. Archived from the original on 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  8. ^ Visual Motifs in Jihadi Internet Propaganda Archived 2006-12-19 at the Wayback Machine, Combating Terrorism Center, West Point
  9. ^ MEMRI article about pro-terrorism websites hosted in the US and UK, 19 July 2007
  10. ^ "Masaari's history with Hizb ut-Tahrir". Tajdeed Party. 2009-07-08. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-07-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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