Two young brothers may be taken into local authority care after their mother claims they have been radicalised by her estranged ‘Islamic fundamentalist’ husband
Two young brothers could be taken into care after their mother warned they were being radicalised with extremist Islamist views by her estranged husband, the High Court was told.
The youngsters, aged just 11 and 12, have said they want to be “jihadists” when they grow up and have also declared that they hate “England and Christians”, the mother claimed.
One of the boys cried as he told his mother, who lives in London and is English, that he could not love her as she was “going to hell” because she was not Muslim
The mother said her sons had told her that their views had come from their father, a Libyan who had lived in England for a long time and was a British citizen, but who was also “an overly controlling, Islamic fundamentalist”.
Mr Justice Holman, sitting at the High Court, said that a local council has already started care proceedings and a senior family court judge would now decide the children’s future.
The case echoes concerns raised earlier this month by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, who said Muslim children who were radicalised by their parents should be considered victims of abuse and taken into care.
Writing in the Telegraph, the mayor warned that hundreds of children were at risk of radicalisation but that authorities were not taking them into care because of “absurd” political correctness.
He warned that young people were increasingly being “radicalised at their home” and “taught crazy stuff” like the terrorist views espoused by the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby.
“A child may be taken into care if he or she is being exposed to pornography, or is being abused — but not if the child is being habituated to this utterly bleak and nihilistic view of the world that could lead them to become murderers,” he wrote.
In the latest case, Mr Justice Holman stressed that all the “material” was “no more” than statements made by or attributed to the woman. He said the man “strongly denies” all of the allegations made against him.
The judge said the married couple, who have seven children and have not been named, began family court litigation when they became estranged. He said there were disputes over where children should live and what contact they should have with their father.
Mr Justice Holman said a local authority had issued care proceedings earlier this month and detailed the woman’s allegations in a report. The judge said police had added a paragraph to the report.
It detailed how the mother had “expressed the fear that (the father) was negatively influencing (the 12-year-old boy) with radical fundamentalist thought, which is associated with terrorism. She said this revolves around the superiority of Islamic thinking over any other belief and seeing non-Muslims as ‘infidels’. ”
The judge said the woman had also made a statement in which she told how the 12-year-old boy and his 11-year-old brother had both been “extremely hostile and rude” to her and called her a “Christian witch”.
She had said the younger boy had “told me that I am evil and going to hell”, and had added: “When I asked the children where they had got these ideas from, they said that their father had told them.”
The woman had said the boys were “showing signs of radicalised behaviour” and had said they wanted to be “a jihadist when they grow up” and that “they hate England and Christians”.
The judge said he would make decisions about whether the children should go into care after a hearing listed to take place in June. He said “all issues” would be analysed.
Mr Justice Holman said: “The father himself very strongly denies nearly all of the allegations that have been made against him.”
“I understand from his counsel… that he also very strongly denies that he has said, or done, anything to any of the children which might lead any of them to say the things or behave in the ways described by their mother.”
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