April 13, 2011

Fears of Islamic Extremism at Westminster Uni

by Jan Harris

Students at Westminster University have appointed two men with links to Islamic extremism to head their student union, with effect from the end of June.

Less than 13 per cent of the university’s 23,000 students voted at the elections on 1 April, when Tarik Mahri was elected as union president and Jamal Achchi as vice-president.

Both men are believed to be associated with the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which Prime Minister David Cameron believes should be banned because it “seeks to poison young minds against our country”.

The group is already banned by the National Union of Students.

Achchi has circulated documents published by Hizb ut-Tahrir, calling for the establishment of the Khilafah, a worldwide Islamic theocracy run by mullahs, to replace democracy.

Tarik Mahri is a member of the “Global Ideas” society which invited Jamal Harwood, a senior member of Hizb ut Tahrir, to address students.

The Global Ideas society was subsequently banned by the university.

The University of Westminster said it had ‘appropriate mechanisms in place’ to deal with any concerns.

Westminster University has a large number of Muslim students and there are fears that Hizb ut-Tahrir has been strengthening its position there for a number of years.

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