Hundreds of terrorists are likely taking advantage of Britain’s generous public benefits’ system to live off the taxpayer dole, while plotting attacks, according to overseas’ media.
A government investigation is pending. But two men were just convicted of using their taxpayer-provided housing benefits to help fund the terror strikes in Paris and Brussels. And in Birmingham, the City Council just issued a mea culpa for paying thousands in government benefits to a Belgian man — all while he was fighting in Syria.
With more than 850 Britons believed to be in Syria, fighting alongside the terrorists, authorities fear the amount of money being funnelled from taxpayer coffers into terrorists’ hands could be substantial.
This, from the Telegraph:
“Anouar Haddouchi moved to Birmingham from his native Brussels in 2009 along with his wife, Muslim convert , Julie Maes, and their two children.
“They lived in private rented accomodation and despite being foreign nationals, were legally entitled to child, housing and council tax benefit. Haddouchi even boasted to his friends how he was able to live “very comfortably” on the money he received from the British state.
“Friend, Azzedine Kaddour, told police that Haddouchi had managed to bank a large amount of cash from his benefit payments and had used the money to fund his journey to Syria where he joined Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
“He said: ‘Anouar Haddouchi financed his trip with money he had in his bank account. In essence he emptied his account to go to Syria. A good chunk of that came from the benefits he received in the UK.’
“In an extraordinary blunder Birmingham City Council continued to pay his housing benefit directly into his Lloyds TSB Islamic bank account for 11 months after he had left the country, even though his landlord wrote to officials to say he was no longer living at the address.
“The money was later accessed by two of Haddouchi’s associates living in Birmingham, Mohamed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, who withdrew the cash in small batches before handing £3,000 to suspected Mohamid Abrini.
“Ahmed and Boufassil are now facing jail after being convicted of terrorist funding, but the case has shone a light on the wider issue.
“Two years ago the Metropolitan Police warned that terrorists were increasingly turning to fraud to fund their activities and were especially targeting the benefits system and student loans.”
But that’s not the only instance.
Another terrorist in Britain fighting deportation was just awarded $319,213 in legal assistance — despite the fact authorities found him with jihadi manuals that explained how best to attack nightclubs and airports.
From the Daily Mail:
“The extremist, who cannot be identified, was granted the taxpayer funds even though he was described in court as the ‘very model of a modern Al Qaeda terrorist’.
“He is using some of the money to try to stay in the country following a nine-year prison sentence. He claims throwing him out would breach his human rights.
“The payments are particularly alarming following the atrocities in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge that cost 35 innocent lives.
“And the election result has cast doubt on Theresa May’s pledge to tear up the Human Rights Act in cases where it blocks the deportation of extremists.
“The terrorist who has been granted legal aid came to England illegally in the months after the September 11 attacks as a ‘sleeper agent’ for a group linked to Al Qaeda.
“The Jordanian claimed asylum by pretending to have fled the Middle East in fear of his life.
He was also found with instructions on how to set up a terror cell that’s linked to Al Muhajiroun, led by radical Anjem Choudary — the hate preacher who’s been jailed.
Then there’s this, also from the Daily Mail:
“A Somali family are living in a luxury £1.8million [$2.29 million] five- storey house in central London funded by the taxpayer.
“Nasra Warsame, 40, has lived with seven of her children and her elderly mother in the six-bedroom house since October.
“Westminster council pays the £1,600-a-week [$2,042] rent for the former asylum seeker.”
The home is fully furnished, and within walking distance of the popular West End. It has three living rooms, or sitting rooms, and four bathrooms, and is fitted with leather sofas and a flat-screen television.
And there’s more, much more.
The Daily Mail:
“A family of former asylum-seekers from Somalia are living in a £2.1million luxury townhouse in one of Britain’s most exclusive addresses at a cost to taxpayers of £8,000 [$10,012] a month.
“Abdi and Sayruq Nur and their seven children moved into their three-storey property in a fashionable area of London last month because they didn’t like the ‘poorer’ part of the city they were living in.
“Mr Nur, 42, an unemployed bus conductor, and his 40-year-old wife, who has never worked, are now living in Kensington despite the fact that they are totally dependent on state benefits.
“They live close to celebrities, including artist Lucian Freud, singer Damon Albarn and designer Stella McCartney, and their home is just minutes from the fashionable Kensington Place restaurant which was a favourite haunt of the late Princess Diana.”
And then there’s the single mother of six living large in an exclusive London suburb.
Essma Marjam, 34, receives thousands in monthly stipends in order to live in an elite section of the city, just feed from Sir Paul McCartney’s home.
She also receives thousands a year in othe payouts to help provide for her children.
Here’s a most egregious example, also in the United Kingdom.
A mother whose refugee family completely destroyed a $1.56 million rented home that was paid by taxpayers was just told by government officials she would be given a new taxpayer funded home.
Her punishment for destroying the first home?
She was admonished: Don’t do it again.
From the Daily Mail:
“After pressure from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Manal Mahmoud has agreed to leave the borough and signed a court order promising her seven children would clean up their act.
The agreement means the clan, branded the ‘family from hell’ by neighbours, will be given a new taxpayer-funded property after Hammersmith and Fulham Council acknowledged it had a ‘legal obligation’ to find them a new home.”
In Sweden, meanwhile, government officials are giving the taxpayer dole-out to terrorists a try, under guise of rehab.
A new program kicking off in the city of Lund with provide so-called reformed jihadis with free housing, education and cash, along with job opportunities.
From the Independent:
“Anna Sjöstrand, the municipal coordinator against violent extremism, acknowledged the proposals were controversial but argued that the same approach should be taken to Isis defectors as to those leaving organised crime and neo-Nazi groups.
“’When this subject came up we thought: ‘Oh god, how should we handle this’,’ she told national broadcaster Sveriges Radio.”