Extreme Group Told to Remove Video That Attacks Official UK Terrorism Strategy

Published October 1st, 2018 - 06:11 GMT

The notorious group that backed Jihadi John has been told to remove a 'deliberately misleading' online video in which a Muslim woman alleges she was 'raided' by counter-terrorism police moments after giving birth.

Cage used the controversial video to suggest that Prevent, the government's counter-terrorism strategy, is leading to children being removed from Muslim families over false claims they are being radicalised by their parents.

The clip features a niqab-wearing woman using the pseudonym Sister Maryam, who claims police came to find her in a London hospital when she still had 'blood on my bed sheets, blood on my legs'.



Sister Maryam, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asks the audience 'Where were my brothers?' before urging them to donate to Cage, which describes itself as an advocacy organisation for victims of the 'War on Terror'.

'They are not killing our children, they are taking our children away. What for? Because we are Muslim, that's all,' the woman declares through tears.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, Sister Maryam is the wife of Michael Coe, an associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary who was jailed for 28 months for knocking a schoolboy unconscious because he cuddled his girlfriend in the street.

Coe pulled over to confront the pair, demanding to know if they were Muslims, before calling the boy's girlfriend a 'whore'. He then grabbed the boy, 16, by the throat and threw him before kicking him unconscious while he lay on the ground.

When passing schoolteacher Boutho Siwela tried to come to the teenager's aid, he was also attacked. The father of two was convicted in August 2016 of actual bodily arm and battery over the attack in Newham, East London, during April of that year.

Police went to the hospital in 2016 with the sole aim of arresting Coe, who they caught outside the building.

Police then asked doctors for an 'appropriate time' to make a 'brief search' of the birthing room where he had been, Scotland Yard said.

The year-old video has now been viewed nearly 400,000 times on the Cage Facebook page.

During the footage she fails to explain either the real reason police went to the hospital or her links to a violent extremist.

Coe was involved in a similar incident in 2013, when he was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment after seeing a Muslim woman talking to a group of men and telling her that it was against Islam.

He was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment after seeing a Muslim woman talking to a group of men and telling her that it was against Islam.

A spokesman for Counter Terrorism Policing said: 'We are aware of a video which has been posted on social media in support of the organisation CAGE.

'We feel that the video deliberately excludes the wider context surrounding the particular case highlighted and is therefore misrepresentative of the facts.

'A letter outlining our concerns, with a direct request for CAGE to remove the video from their social channels, was sent on Thursday, 20th September from the National Coordinator for Prevent policing. We currently await their response.'

MailOnline has contacted National Terrorism Policing and Cage for comment.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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