Friday, July 14, 2006

Muslim informer identified in Canada terror bust.

Canada: The problem comes from did he do it for Canada and country or just to remake his image.

"Mubin Shaikh, a well-known and sometimes controversial figure in Toronto's Muslim community, says he decided to become an undercover police agent and infiltrate an alleged terrorism cell to protect Canada, the country where he was born. Shaikh went public yesterday about his role as a paid informant, a day after The Toronto Star broke the story of his involvement in the investigation into an alleged "homegrown" terrorist group. The Star story did not identify him by name due to provisions of the Witness Protection Program Act that make it an offence to disclose the identity of a police agent. But Shaikh said yesterday he has declined an offer by police to enter the program that would have given him a new identity and moved his family out of the city. The 30-year-old said his decision to break his silence came after he was inundated with calls from the Muslim community encouraging him to do so. His role was widely known throughout the community since he was often seen with the suspects, but was not arrested June 2 in the massive police raids."
Those that are angry says he is basically a wolf in sheep's clothing.
"Members of Toronto's diverse Muslim community reacted angrily to the identification of Mubin Shaikh as an RCMP and CSIS agent. “This is like the pot calling the kettle black,” said Tarek Fatah, communications director for the Canadian Muslim Congress. “He was the embodiment of extremism in the city. He was the exponent of sharia law in the city.” Indeed, Mr. Sheikh has been a chief proponent of sharia law, lobbying for using the Islamic legal code at the Al-Noor Mosque, where he ran the Al-Noor Arbitration Centre, the only such centre in Canada. “He was supporting some of the most extremist groups in Canada. Now, he's throwing up modern and Canadian values. “It brings into question whether he's trying to salvage his own problems with the authorities.” Mr. Fatah says that Mr. Shaikh's divisive views on the Muslim community hardly represent Canadian values. A different but equally damning view was expressed by Aly Hindy, the controversial imam of the Salahuddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, attended by some of the 17 arrested youth. Imam Hindy sees CSIS as a vehicle for radicalizing young people by infiltrating youth Muslim communities. “The government and the people keep saying that we should not make our young people radical. CSIS is the one radicalizing the youth. I call him CSIS Shaikh.” Mr. Hindy learned about Mr. Shaikh's involvement as an agent in the terror case through members of the community, including parents of some of the accused. An angry Mr. Hindy retaliated by saying that Mubin Shaikh was planted to radicalize young people. "

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