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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 

And now, look what Britain's ignorance hath wrought

This is no joke. A Somali Muslim who murdered a policewoman in Britain fled the country disguised with a veil (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin):
A man who was being hunted for the murder of a policewoman is understood to have escaped from Britain by disguising himself as a veiled Muslim woman.

Mustaf Jama, a prime suspect in the fatal shooting of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, assumed his sister’s identity - wearing the niqab and using her passport - to evade supposedly stringent checks at Heathrow, according to police sources.

The use of the niqab, which leaves only a narrow slit for the eyes, highlights flaws in British airport security. At the time, Jama was Britain’s most wanted man, while Heathrow was on a heightened state of alert after the 7/7 terrorist atrocities in London five months previously.

The Times has learnt that British immigration officers rarely carry out a visual check to match a passport photograph with a departing female passenger’s veiled face.

Details of Jama’s disguise emerged yesterday as his younger brother, Yusuf, awaited a life sentence for the murder of the police officer, who died during an armed robbery at a Bradford travel agency in November last year.

Detectives believe that Jama, 26, was allowed to board an international flight from Heathrow because no attempt was made to uncover his face. While British baggage security is among the strictest in the world, the system of identity checks is considered less rigorous than in countries such as France.
That's right, and the same paper may have spoken about it too, about how in France, by contrast, identity checks are much more responsible, and Muslim women with veils must also undergo ID checks.

But even if British authorities finally take the necessary steps to make serious ID inspections, it's still awfully late, and may in fact be too late to capture the murderer. They've done a grave disservice to a woman who died in the line of duty.

Update: according to this report from the Times (via IRIS Blog), another member of Jama's gang said "don't make me kill you on a Friday", a reference to the Muslim holy day. They also seemed to have put out quite a lot of hate music.

Update 2: Melanie Phillips now has a column about this.

Others on the subject include Bill's Bites, Tim Blair, Sweetness and Light, The Lone Voice, Iain Hall, Of Course, I could be Wrong, Foehammer, Tao of Defiance, Exposing Islam, The Black Kettle, No More Turning Left.

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