Lib Dem Maajid Nawaz installs panic alarm after ISIS threats over lap dance video
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A parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn has been forced to install a panic alarm in his home due to death threats from terrorist group ISIS arising from a leaked video of him enjoying a lap dance in a strip club.
Liberal Democrat Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim counter-terrorism expert, has revealed Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism branch ordered him to fit the alarm from “fear of a terrorist attack” after the strip club footage went viral online.
It follows a story published by the Daily Mail on Saturday accusing Mr Nawaz, co-founder of counter-terrorism think-tank Quilliam, of a “drunken night of temptation” in an east London strip club last year.
The article featured CCTV images of Mr Nawaz enjoying an intimate private lap dance from a stripper during his stag do last July.
The footage was leaked to the Mail by the club’s owner who described Mr Nawaz as a “hypocrite” for acting as a “spokesman for Islam” while visiting a strip club during the holy month of Ramadan.
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Yesterday, Mr Nawaz hit back at the Mail story by publishing a statement on his Facebook page, insisting the “politically conservative newspaper” had “unwittingly cooperated with religiously regressive Muslims, to discredit my politically and religiously liberal voice”.
He added: “It is no surprise to me that this latest episode of my dehumanisation culminated yesterday in yet another call from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism branch, who warned of new specific ISIS calls for my death after this latest smear campaign went viral.
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“Yesterday evening and for the first time, counter-terrorism police ordered the installation of a direct panic alarm in my home from fear of a terrorist attack.”
Mr Nawaz is considered one of the Liberal Democrats’ leading lights since joining the party after turning his back on radical Islam.
He was released from a five-year prison term in Egypt in 2006 for attempting to overthrow Hosni Mubarak’s government as a recruiter for Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which aims to create an Islamic caliphate.
In his statement, Mr Nawaz also apologised to his wife Rachel for thrusting her into the spotlight.
He wrote: “I am sorry that though I have every right to behave as I like within the law, many will have seen that footage and wished that I had chosen not to go.
“I am sorry to Rachel, my son, and my family. Though Rachel knew that I had gone, this has thrust her and others into the spotlight unnecessarily.
“And I am sorry to my fellow Muslims, because though I never claim to speak on their behalf, their widespread offence indicates that perhaps they wish I was a better role model for them.
“For all of you, I will try harder to live better, not just remain within my rights, but to do what is right. Rachel was correct, in times such as these, people need more than just ‘ordinary’.”