‘Leave him there to ROT’: Senator calls for Sydney Islamic extremist who wants Sharia law in Australia to DIE behind bars – after he begged taxpayers to free him from a Middle Eastern jail
- Former Sydney taxi driver Ismail al-Wahwah was arrested and detained in Jordan
- He is the leader of Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir which wants a Muslim caliphate
- His son Anas has revealed his father to came to Australia as a refugee in 1997
- He wants Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to secure his release from detention
- Queensland senator Fraser Anning said Australia should ‘leave him there to rot’
The leader of an Islamist extremist group that campaigned to bring Sharia law to Australia now wants taxpayers to free him from detention in the Middle East.
Ismail al-Wahwah, a former taxi driver who is now the spiritual leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia, was detained in Jordan late last month.
His son Anas al-Wahwah has revealed his father, who lived at Condell Park in Sydney’s south-west, was granted refugee status by the Howard government 21 years ago.
He has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop demanding she secure his father’s release from a jail in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
Queensland senator Fraser Anning, however, has called on the Australian government to ‘leave him there to rot’ in the Middle East.
The Sydney-based leader of an Islamist group campaigning for Sharia law and the overthrow of Western civilisation came to Australia as a refugee in 1997
Ismail al-Wahwah, a former taxi driver who is now the spiritual leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia, was detained at Jordan late last month
Despite his father’s hatred of democratic, Australian values Ismail al-Wahwah’s family wants the Australian government to get him out of detention in Jordan.
Anas al-Wahwah wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Wednesday demanding her department secure his release.
‘Ismail has not actively campaigned in Jordan since his departure in 1997,’ he said in the letter seen by Daily Mail Australia.
‘Moreover, when Ismail was granted political asylum in Australia in 1997, the government acknowledged Ismail’s persecution at the hands of the Jordanian regime which holds little regard to basic principles of the rule of law.
Ismail al-Wahwah’s son Anas al-Wahwah has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop demanding her department secure his release. He revealed his father was a refugee in 1997
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s department has confirmed it will provide consular assistance to Ismail al-Wahwah as he is locked up in Jordan
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‘The only conclusion one can reach is that Ismail is being held for a principled activism outside of Jordan.’
Anas al-Wahwah’s letter made no mention of how his father, known in the Muslim community as Abu Anas al-Wahwah, had previously been deported from Indonesia and travelled to Syria in 2013 in support of an Islamic caliphate.
Ismail al-Wahwah was detained at Amman Airport on July 25 while travelling to the Arab nation in the Middle East with his wife.
He was arrested upon arrival in the country and taken into custody by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate without access to a lawyer.
Senator Fraser Anning, who defected from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to Katter’s Australian Party, said Islmail al-Wahwah was ‘playing Australians for fools’.
Fraser Anning: ‘Leave him there to rot’
‘Ismail Alwahwah came to this country as a so-called refugee in 1997. Since then he has been linked to Man Haron Monis, the Lindt café terrorist, he has called for a jihad on the Australian Jewish community, shown support for the Islamic State and continues to make anti-Australian and anti-Western comments,’ he told Daily Mail Australia today.
‘If he and his ilk hate Australia and the freedom it affords, why are they now searching for government assistance?
‘I know that as a taxpayer I don’t want to foot the bill for bringing this individual back into our country.
‘He holds blatant extremist views which are incompatible with our Australian identity, I say leave him there to rot.’
Ismail al-Wahwah was detained at Amman Airport on July 25 while travelling to the Arab nation in the Middle East with his wife
A spokesman for The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Daily Mail Australia in July they were ‘aware of reports an Australian has been detained in Jordan’.
Hizb ut-Tahrir leader’s family pleads with Julie Bishop to help him
Ismail is an Australian citizen and we are requesting the Australian government expend every effort to secure Ismail’s immediate release.
His arbitrary detainment is the crime, independent of whatever charges the Jordanian regime may or may not subsequently invent.
Ismail has not actively campaigned in Jordan since his departure in 1997. The only conclusion one can reach is that Ismail is being held for a principled activism outside of Jordan.
Moreover, when Ismail was granted political asylum in Australia in 1997, the government acknowledged Ismail’s persecution at the hands of the Jordanian regime which holds little regard to basic principles of the rule of law.
Ismail was previously persecuted on the basis of entirely fabricated charges, received the death penalty as a result, and the sentence was only commuted on the morning the death penalty was supposed to have been enacted. Ismail could have lost his life on the basis of entirely fabricated charges.
Given the Australian government is aware of Ismail’s history of persecution in Jordan, and its agreement that Ismail is in need of protection from the Jordanian regime, the Australian government has a particular responsibility towards Ismail given his granting of political asylum.
Given Ismail’s arbitrary detention, the absence of the rule of law in Jordan and the real and immediate threats to the safety and well being of Ismail, we request the government expend every effort to secure Ismail’s immediate release.
I thank you for your time and look forward to your prompt reply.
Anas Alwahwah, son of Ismail al-Wahwah on behalf of the family of Ismail al-Wahwah
Edited extract of his letter
‘The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to offer consular assistance to any Australian citizen should they request it,’ he said.
Ismail al-Wahwah’s arrest in July occurred two years after he told a ‘caliphate conference’ at Ankara in Turkey that Muslims needed to lead ‘the armies of jihad that will conquer Europe and America’ where their enemies have ‘black hearts’.
A video from March 2016, translated and shared by the Middle East Research Institute, showed him ranting about the need to restore an Islamic caliphate.
He called on the attendees at the Ankara conference to pledge ‘before Allah to restore the caliphate, to raise the banner, to restore the Sharia, to unite the Islamic nation and to lead the armies of jihad that will conquer Europe and America so that the word of Allah will reign supreme’.
In his speech, Ismail al-Wahwah also warned attendants not to trust their ‘enemies’ in America, Europe and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
‘They are all enemies. Their hearts are black. They hate you, your religion, your Muhammad, and your Quran,’ he said.
‘Start dealing with them, before they start dealing with you. Cut of their hands before they sow corruption on the land.
‘You in Turkey are able to do that, Allah willing.’
Hizb ut-Tahrir has been linked to the September 2015 shooting in Parramatta of accountant Curtis Cheng, following revelations it radicalised a 15-year-old boy who shot dead the father-of-two.
Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad reportedly listened to a talk by Hizb ut-Tahrir at Parramatta mosque in Sydney’s west and changed into a black robe before he headed to the nearby New South Wales Police headquarters and shot Mr Cheng in the back of the head.
The fundamentalist group he leads opposes democracy.
Daily Mail Australia last year filmed a senior leader Uthman Badar declaring that ex-Muslims, also known as apostates, deserved death.
Al-Wahwah has previously called Jews ‘the most evil creatures of Allah’.
In February 2016, mosques began banning the preacher who then resorted to renting halls and private spaces.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation reportedly visited a western Sydney mosque several times and caretaker Mohammed Elzamtar asked Ismail al-Wahwah to ‘tone down’ his sermons.
‘I felt that our community is under a lot of pressure and I didn’t want him to get into trouble,’ he said.
Lindt cafe shooter Man Haron Monis attended a Hizb ut-Tahrir presentation at their Lakemba headquarters in June 2014 and was photographed with their leaders.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, a Sunni fundamentalist group campaigning for a global caliphate based on Sharia law, is so extreme it was last year banned in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
Other Islamic nations including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have also prohibited the group, established in 1953.