We really are dupes, exploited even by the cronies of a genocidal dictator:
The man, whose name has been suppressed, initially had a claim for asylum rejected by the Immigration Department.
But that was overturned after he gave an impromptu concert before the Refugees Review Tribunal, which then concluded: “He is a professional musician.”
The man, who arrived in Australia last August on an entertainment visa, claimed he would be assassinated by Americans or anti-Hussein forces if sent home.
By the Americans? The RRT believes this stuff?
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Impunity: Banned radical extremist Raed Salah walking free in the streets of Leicester yesterday
He admitted being a member of the Baath Party since 1979. He became famous with the party’s backing, appearing on state television and performing for the country’s elite.
He told how he would be collected in the middle of the night to perform at Saddam’s boozy parties and “was required to compose music to lyrics of political songs”.
Immigration officials noted he had lived in the United Arab Emirates on and off since 1998 and despite claiming to be the target of hit squads, had returned to Iraq at least eight times and continued to put out CDs in his name.
Iraq is so dangerous for this guy that he returns eight times? He’s been safe in the UAE for more than a decade?
And we’re obliged to give him a home here?
‘9/11 WAS A PLOT BY THE ISRAELIS’
A string of extremist statements have been attributed to Raed Salah, though he denies having said many of them.
He is said to have cast doubt on Osama Bin Laden’s culpability for 9/11, suggesting instead the attacks were an Israeli plot and that Jews were warned not to go to work at the World Trade Center on that day.
On homosexuality, Salah reportedly said: ‘It is a crime. A great crime. Such phenomena signal the start of the collapse of every society.
‘Those who believe in Allah know that behaviour of that kind brings his wrath and is liable to cause the worst things to happen.’
In 2008 he was charged with incitement to violence and racism by a Jerusalem court over a speech in which he invoked what is known as the ‘blood libel’ â€“ a notorious anti-Semitic slur.
In the speech, delivered in February the previous year, he was said to have accused Jewish people of using children’s blood to bake bread.
At the time, Israeli newspapers quoted him as saying: ‘We have never allowed ourselves to knead [the dough for] the bread that breaks the fast in the holy month of Ramadan with children’s blood. Whoever wants a more thorough explanation, let him ask what used to happen to some children in Europe, whose blood was mixed in with the dough of the [Jewish] holy bread.’
After the speech the 1,000-strong crowd began rioting and throwing stones at police.
Prosecutors claimed the speech was a ‘call to commit acts of violence and encouragement of acts of violence’ and anti-Semitism. Salah denied the charges, and was not convicted.
He was released from prison in 2005 after serving two years for raising millions of pounds for the Palestinian terror group Hamas and for having contact with an Iranian intelligence agent.