British-born former Islamic extremist, 29, reports his parents to police for ‘radicalizing him as a child’
- The case of a 29-year-old could lead to the first prosecution of its kind in the UK
- The man claims his parents started to radicalize him from the age of five
- His parents fell under the influence of a fundamentalist branch of Islam
A former Islamic extremist has filed a complaint with the police, accusing his parents of radicalizing 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 current law may not allow charges to be brought.
The man, who is of British descent of Pakistani descent, claims his parents started to radicalize 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 to make friends with non-Muslims,” he said.
The man claims he attended study sessions led by Al Qaeda minister Anwar Al-Awlaki (pictured), who was killed in a drone attack in Yemen.
“They told me there is a war on Islam and I need to train and be ready to fight this country.”
The future terrorist said his siblings were similarly radicalized growing up on a London municipal estate.
He has been out of contact with his family for over five years.
He also claims to have attended study sessions led by Al Qaeda minister Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen.
The former radical, who doesn’t mention The Mail on Sunday, also claims to have been physically and mentally abused by his parents.
He filed a complaint with the police two weeks ago and has since been interviewed by anti-terrorism officials.
He will soon be transferred to a hiding place before his parents are questioned under caution.
While legislation allows parents to be prosecuted for abusing their children, legal experts fear there is no law criminalizing parents to radicalize their children.