More on the Aussie Mufti

According to Australia’s News.com, Sheik Taj al-Din Al-hilaly, the mufti who insisted that women were were the cause of their own rapes because of how they dressed, apparently had ties to terror organizations, including, “Soldiers of God, which is thought to have been involved in the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981.”

Great.

ASIO warned authorities 20 years ago that Sheik Taj al-Din Al-hilaly could inflame communal violence in Australia.

Court judgments show ASIO initially believed the controversial mufti posed a risk to the community because of his alleged propensity to cause or promote violence.

Shortly after his arrival in Australia as the new imam of Lakemba Mosque in 1982, Sheik Hilaly was also linked with a shadowy terrorist group, Soldiers of God, which is thought to have been involved in the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981.

A group of the same name, also known as Ansar al Islam, is among those listed by the Federal Government as a banned terrorist organisation.

Western governments believe Ansar al Islam has close ideological and operational links with al-Qaeda.

Sheik Hilaly was also alleged to have endorsed suicide bombing, verbally attacked women and preached a highly political message of extremism.

The Sunday Telegraph columnist Piers Akerman writes today that a former intelligence officer said Sheik Hilaly’s name first surfaced in a report by one of Australia’s most senior intelligence assets in Cairo. The claimed the sheik spent a number of years training in Libya and was sent to Australia to train extremists.

Akerman writes the report was shelved and the agent who sent it believes that a campaign was waged against its contents.

As we learned yesterday, he’s an Australian citizen, so the Aussies are stuck with him.

And the mufti is gloating about the fact that he can’t be fired.

Mary Katharine Ham on CNN
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