Simon Danczuk Terrorism Hypocrisy
Rochdale’s nominally Labour MP Simon Danczuk has still not taken down his Twitter claim that “Jeremy Corbyn tried to fund IRA bomber’s flight”, referring to the totally untrue story run by the Sun last weekend, despite the storm of adverse comment. However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, Danczuk has no room to call out others for links to alleged terrorists, as Zelo Street has discovered.
His constituency has a significantly sized Bangladeshi community, and it is entirely understandable that Danczuk visit the country and advocate for better working conditions and human rights. His problem is with the kinds of people he has apparently associated with in pursuit of these goals, especially those in and around the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), in front of whose banner he spoke during May’s election campaign.
As Ted Jeory has told, the BNP is considered a centre-right party. He quotes the Wiki entry for it: “Ideologically, the party has professed Bangladeshi nationalism, described as the Islamic consciousness of the people of Muslim majority Bangladesh, in order to counter the secular Awami League … Hundreds of its leaders, including Khaleda Zia, her sons as well as dozens of its former ministers and lawmakers were arrested on corruption charges by the military-backed Caretaker government of Bangladesh during the 2006–2008 Bangladeshi political crisis”. Danczuk met Khaleda Zia in 2013.
There’s more: “The party has also been accused of turning a blind eye to the growth of militant Islamic extremism in the country and for allying itself with Islamic fundamentalist parties, such as the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, which had also opposed the independence of Bangladesh”. Jeory adds “Jamaat e Islami wants an Islamic Republic of Bangladesh and it is associated with the spread of Deobandi Islam, a fundamentalist form of Islam followed by the Taliban and linked to Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia”.
Danczuk is also believed to have met Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman, and indeed, Rahman’s YouTube channel features an interview with Danczuk (see it HERE), where the MP passes adverse comment on the last General Election in Bangladesh, which the BNP boycotted. My information is that Rahman assisted Danczuk in setting up the meeting at which he spoke and the BNP banner was visible behind him.
This connection would be highly damaging for Danczuk: one Wikileaks cable tells that Rahman “has a reputation as a corrupt thug”, and that there were “serious concerns about Tarique’s personal corruption, the role that he and his cronies played in creating a culture of corruption, and most importantly the allegations of Tarique’s links to terrorist and criminal groups”. And it gets worse.
There is an Interpol “red corner” notice out for Tarique Rahman, described as “accused in the Aug 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka”. The notice tells “He is under the charge of murder and explosion of hand grenade in the Awami League meeting”. And Simon Danczuk has done a video interview for him.
Linked to Islamism and terrorism? Simon Danczuk has no room to call out anyone for the company they keep. Perhaps he’d like to explain that to the Labour Conference.
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