British-born former Islamic extremist, 29, reports his parents to the police for ‘radicalising him as a child’
- A 29-year-old’s case could lead to the first prosecution of its kind in the UK
- The man alleges his parents began radicalising him from the age of five
- His parents fell under the influence of a fundamentalist branch of Islam
A former Islamic extremist has lodged a complaint with police, accusing his parents of radicalising him as a child.
The 29-year-old’s case could lead to the first prosecution of its kind in the UK, but experts fear that current legislation may not allow charges to be brought.
The man, who is British-born of Pakistani origin, alleges his parents began radicalising him from the age of five after falling under the influence of a fundamentalist branch of Islam known as Salafism.
‘They taught me to hate this country and the West, and not make friends with non-Muslims,’ he said.
The man alleges that he attended study sessions led by Al Qaeda preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki (pictured), who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen
‘They told me there is a war going on with Islam and I have to train and be ready to fight this country.’
The would-be terrorist said his siblings were similarly radicalised while growing up on a London council estate.
He has had no contact with his family for more than five years.
He also alleges that he attended study sessions led by Al Qaeda preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen.
The former radical, whom The Mail on Sunday is not naming, also claims to have suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of his parents.
He made a complaint to police two weeks ago and has since been interviewed by counter-terrorism officers.
He will soon be moved to a safe house before his parents are interviewed under caution.
While legislation allows for parents to be prosecuted for abusing their children, legal experts fear there is no law that makes it a criminal offence for parents to radicalise their offspring.