ISLAM HAS SHOWN TIME AND AGAIN IT IS INCAPABLE OF GETTING ALONG WITH ANYONE, EVEN AMONGST IT’S OWN ADHERANTS. HERE WE HAVE MOMIN WITH HIS SKIN MELTED OFF COURTESY OF A FELLOW MUSLIM ARGUING OVER THEIR ‘IDEOLOGY’….AND MOMIN’S DADDY WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THE MISFORTUNE OF THE FAMILY IS DUE TO THE POLICE…HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS JOIN JOINING A TERRORIST GROUP, NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS SON PLOTTING TO ATTACK THE COUNTRY THAT HAS WELCOMED THEM, NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS SON BEING ARRESTED AND JAILED FOR IT, NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FAMILIES UNWILLINGNESS TO PLACE THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS…ISLAM.
Momin Khawaja burned in prison attack with boiling water
OTTAWA — Momin Khawaja, the country’s first convicted Islamic terrorist, is recovering from second-degree burns to his back, face and left eye after a fellow inmate, a member of the Toronto 18 terrorist cell, scalded him with a pot of boiling water.
The attack at the federal Special Handling Unit, the super-maximum-security prison in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., happened Jan. 16, the Citizen has learned, as inmates were preparing snacks in a common room before going to their cells for the night.
In the planned attack to settle an apparent ideological feud, the inmate waited for Khawaja, 32, to enter the common room and, once he walked past, doused him with the boiling water, according to his father.
Khawaja, screaming in pain, turned to defend himself, only to have guards subdue the fighting inmates and call paramedics.
Khawaja, who is serving life in prison for his role in an international terrorism plot, was transported to hospital in Montreal and returned to the prison last week.
Mahboob Khawaja visited his son on Saturday, reporting that he is in “quite a painful state.” The elder Khawaja did not detail the apparent ideological feud.
“We feel helpless about what’s happened to Momin because nobody at the prison will make themselves available to meet with us about it,” Khawaja’s father said. “It was horrifying to see him with burns on 60 per cent of his body. He is in great pain and we feel he should be in hospital, not prison, until he has fully recovered.”
Corrections Canada would not confirm the specifics of the report.
“I can confirm that an incident did happen, and that there is an investigation ongoing as a result of the incident,” said department spokesman Serge Abergel, saying the incident happened on Jan. 16.
Khawaja is now in segregation awaiting an appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. He was convicted of participating in, contributing to, financing and facilitating a group of extremists plotting to bomb London and other British targets in 2004. In his father’s eyes, Khawaja was just misguided, guilty of nothing more than “loose talk” on the Internet with British conspirators. It was, he says, simply a “thought crime” that was never executed.
Khawaja’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, said his client’s safety needs to be taken seriously.
“Clearly the incident tells us that he was not in a safe environment,” he said. “This is somebody who has been in custody for an extended period of time and he has not had problems. So clearly something went seriously wrong here, and I think the prison authorities have to make some changes, they have to take some steps to ensure Momin’s safety as they do with every inmate whose life they are entrusted with.”
Greenspon said the issue takes on more significance in light of the fact that the appeal is headed to the Supreme Court.
“It certainly would be a very sad situation if he is harmed in an environment where it’s ultimately found that he shouldn’t have been,” he said.
Mahboob Khawaja says his son’s case has branded his family as terrorists and they have been crippled financially, socially and emotionally. The Khawaja family was also arrested, detained and interrogated for hours before being released without charges. Khawaja’s mother was arrested as she walked out of a supermarket lugging groceries.
Khawaja’s father has condemned the war on terror as a “racist policy adventure.” His criticisms are found in his latest book, To America and Canada with Reason: Fallacy of Terrorism. Why Muslims?
“We were barbed wired, and the barbed wiring is invisible in all aspects of life. If anyone is accused of terrorism, they have no chance,” he told the Citizen, blaming his family’s “tragedy” on police.
Khawaja was acquitted of some of the criminal charges related to the London bomb plot, which was the focal point of the prosecution’s case. But his emails to British conspirators clearly showed he was bent on violence.
In one email, he wrote that Osama bin Laden was “like the most beloved person to me in the whole world, after Allah.”
His father believes his son was confused and exploited by his British co-conspirators who, the elder Khawaja says, never told him details about the London bomb plot.
He says his son was a “very immature” man from a good home in a good neighbourhood who did well at school, had an honest job and taught religion to children in his free time.
The family has kept Khawaja’s bedroom almost exactly as he left it because they hope he will win his appeal and return home.
With files from Zev Singer