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August 04, 2004
Anti-terrorist police still searching Harrow house
Anti-terrorist police were still searching a house in Harrow Wednesday, following the latest series of nationwide raids in which 13 people were arrested, The Muslim News has exclusively learnt.
The family were nowhere to be seen and neighbours were reluctant to talk to the media because of the publicity, but said that they were surprised by the police action. “They are very nice and honest people,” one said.
The Muslim News had been told of the raid when friends of the family contacted the editor, saying that “we do not know why the police were raiding the house” at 6 pm on Tuesday evening. They also expressed their shock when one person was arrested, saying “they were innocent, peaceful and law-abiding people.”
The Muslims who were arrested were from North West London, Bushey in Hertfordshire, Luton in Bedfordshire and Blackburn in Lancashire.
'The men have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism,' a police statement said on Tuesday. They have been arrested under Terrorism Act 2000.
“Only two of people have been convicted of terrorist related offence so far out of more than 562 arrests made in the past three years,” said Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed Versi. “This indicates that most of those arrested are innocent. The blanket raids have done a great damage to police-Muslim relation at a time when the help of various communities to counter terrorism is so vital,” added Versi.
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