A MALE suspect in a major anti-terrorist investigation in
The man, who was wanted in connection with serious terrorist offences, evaded arrest for several days as police searched for him across the country.
The fact that a fugitive remained at large after disguising himself in an Islamic dress which covered his face will further fuel the debate sparked by Jack Straw, Leader of the House of Commons, about the wearing of the veil.
Details of the man’s true identity were circulated to ports and airports to try to prevent him leaving the country.
He was eventually caught and is now one of more than 90 suspects in British prisons awaiting trial on terror charges.
It is the first time that a male suspect has allegedly disguised himself as a Muslim woman in
Counter-terrorist agencies in
The issue of people hiding their faces under the burka, which covers the whole face, or behind the niqab, which exposes only the eyes, has also posed difficulties for banks, immigration authorities and benefit offices. But questions of security have tended to be overruled by the need to maintain good community relations.
Shahid Malik, Labour MP for Dewsbury, expressed concern that the issue could create unnecessary tension. “If this is true, then it is the first case of its kind in
However, Mr Straw was backed by Phil Woolas, the minister responsible for community cohesion, race and faith, whose
Also from the Sunday Mirror – I COVERED MY FACE & BECAME A PARIAH.
STUDENT Mina Bavary started wearing the Niqab last November but after four months of feeling like a "second-class citizen" gave it up. . . It was as if there was an invisible barrier.
No dear, a physical barrier called The Veil. Apparently old ladies were nasty to her and glared and shop assistants ignored her. I thought that was the idea, to be modest and invisible, secluded. Anyway now because of our ignorance (knowledge actually) she wears “trendy, but modest western clothes”
Oh dear. How sad.