A CONTROVERSIAL Muslim preacher, once banned from Australia, was invited to hold a conference at a Midland university yesterday.
Abdur Raheem Green, a convert born to British parents in Tanzania, held the Call of Duty event after being asked to address students at University of Birmingham by its Islamic Society.
On his website, the blonde-haired Islamist says that the CIA and Mossad “helped 9/11 to happen” and calls on the US to release terror supporter Ali al-Timimi, caged for life for sending young American Muslims to train in Taliban camps.
Mr Green has also previously spoken out against homosexuality and adultery and posted on his website: “A public crime deserves a public punishment. Adultery is punishable by death, and a slow and painful death by stoning.”
In 2005 he was banned from entering Australia after being placed on a government watchlist.
Despite his radical views, the Metropolitan Police has previously asked him to work with them to tackle fundamentalism, and he has insisted that he has remained “consistent” in rejecting terrorism in the name of Islam.
“I surely have said some pretty radical things and maybe even written some radical things in the past,” Mr Green admitted in an interview in 2009.
“But one thing I have been very consistent on is terrorism, participating in terrorist activities, violent revolution, is not something that I have ever thought was part of the religion of Islam.”
A spokeswoman for University of Birmingham said that all speakers were vetted before addressing students.
“We respect the right of all individuals to exercise freedom of speech within the law; we are also intolerant of discrimination of any kind,” she said.