Monday, 27 August 2007

'Hardline' Islamists take control of Canberra mosque

Sheik Swaiti returns to Canberra mosque
August 25, 2007 - 7:04AM in The Sydney Morning Herald

Hardline Islamic cleric Mohammed Swaiti has forced his way back into Canberra's only mosque to preach anti-western messages after he was sacked for praising jihadists.

The cleric used his predominantly Palestinian and Jordanian support base to topple the leaders in charge of Abu Bakr Mosque in Yarralumla, News Limited newspapers report.

This has allowed Sheik Swaiti to continue preaching Wahabbism - a fundamentalist strand of Islam espoused by Osama bin Laden.

Islamic Society of ACT president Sabrija Poskovic, whose organisation is in charge of the mosque, said he was forced out after receiving threats from Swaiti's followers.

"They took over the mosque by force, by argument, by screaming, by calling us names," Mr Pokovic said. "There is no point arguing with him and his supporters anymore."

Sheik Swaiti is being investigated by the tax office for allegedly failing to pay tax on thousands of dollars in clerical allowances he is accused of receiving from the Saudi government.

Well Aussies now know where to demonstrate on 11th September and/or during the Islamo-fascism Awareness week 22nd - 26th October 2007

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