By Oliver Lane
A Human Rights group founded by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee
turned activist Moazzam Begg has blamed British foreign policy and the
security services for ‘Jihadi John’ beheading seven hostages as an
executioner and propagandist working for the Islamic State.
The notion that the murderer known as Jihadi John, now thought to be
born Kuwati-born Mohammed Emwazi, might solely responsible for his
actions was questioned by the Cage group today. The organisation have
instead published a blog claiming to have been consulted by the Washington Post
in the lead up to their revelation of his identity, and have placed the
responsibility for the murders of seven foreigners captured by the
Islamic State on the British government.
In the blog and then at a press conference held in London today, Cage
say of Emwazi: “British authorities have systematically shifted the
spotlight away from its foreign policy and its security agencies by
placing blame for violence at home and abroad solely on Muslims. British
security services have systematically engaged in the harassment of
young Muslims, rendering their lives impossible”.
When talking about Emwazi, Qureshi became visibly emotional,
remarking he was “such a beautiful young man” before he disappeared.
Qureshi made a series of serious allegations against the British state,
accusing them of radicalising Emwazi and others by constantly harassing
Muslims and making their lives “impossible”. Qureshi even said Muslims
in Britain were “killed, seemingly on the whim of security agents”.
Cage, the self-described human rights group formerly known as the
Cageprisoners, was founded by former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam
Begg after his release. Begg was arrested and charged last year by
British police with terrorism offences relating to the conflict in
Syria, but the charges of funding and training overseas terrorism were
later dropped after military intelligence were unable or unwilling to
properly present evidence for the case.
Begg has since claimed he knew
who Jihadi John was, and that he could have arranged to secure the
release of ISIS captive Alan Henning, had he not been targeted by the
police for terrorism offences.