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|Farasat Latif||April 24th 2011|
Your article entitled Neutrality Will Not Shield Sweden from Terrorism (see Security, January 10,2011), by Walid Phares quoted me as saying: "Farasat Latif, the secretary of the Luton mosque to which Abdulwahab belonged, said, â€œDespite Abdulwahabâ€™s extreme views, nothing pointed to the fact that he was going to do something stupid.â€ While not rock-solid evidence of a plot in the making, Abdulwahabâ€™s â€œextreme viewsâ€ were at least an indication that he was a potential danger to others. Contradicting his statement above, Latif added, â€œSoon Abdulwahab began making extremist statements focusing on suicide bombings.â€
As for the second statement; "Soon Abdulwahab began making extremist statements focusing on suicide bombingsâ€, I never said such a thing. Abdulwahab's main focus was on the Muslim leaders, and the Muslim scholars. His brief episode with our mosque lasted no longer than 3 weeks in the summer of 2007 during which time he never espoused violence. Although at the time, we were criticized for not reporting him, would we now, in light of the upheaval in the Middle East, be expected to report someone who called for the overthrow of a Muslim leader.
Farasat Latif is Secretary of the Islamic Centre, Luton.