Now Abu Hamza’s ‘terrorist’ son begs to be let back into Britain after heading to fight in Syria despite being stripped of his British citizenship like ISIS bride Shamima Begum
- Sufyan Mustafa, 24, travelled from London to join the fighting in Syria in 2013
- He is the seventh child of fundamentalist militant preacher Abu Hamza
- Mustafa was stripped of citizenship and stopped from boarding a flight to the UK
- His case has drawn comparison with Bethnal Green girl Shamima Begum
- But Mustafa also has a Moroccan passport so his case is far more clear cut
A son of militant Islamic preacher Abu Hamza who traveled to Syria in 2013 wants to return home and is appealing the decision to revoke his British citizenship.
Sufyan Mustafa, the seventh of Hamza’s nine children, left his family’s West London home to fight in Syria when he was 19.
Although he said he was allied with rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Britain later revoked his citizenship over suspected terrorism links.
Now aged 24, the former computer sciences student reportedly attempted to return home at the end of last year, but was prevented from boarding a flight to Britain from Turkey when his named appeared on a terror watch list.
Sufyan Mustafa, 24, left London at age 19 to fight in Syria but now wants to return to the UK
One source told the Sun: ‘He is trying to appeal against the decision to take away his British citizenship.
‘He has been told he can travel from Turkey to Morocco but doesn’t wish to.
‘The key thing is that he is not stateless as he has the option of going to Morocco.
‘There is no obligation on the Home Office to accept him back.’
Mustafa will reportedly appeal the Home Office’s decision to revoke him of his British citizenship
Abu Hamza, 60, Hamza was found guilty of terror offences in both the UK and US, where he is serving a life sentence at a high-security prison
His case is reminiscent of that of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old from Bethnal Green in east London whose British citizenship was revoked by Home Secretary Sajid Javid earlier in the week.
There has been controversy around Mr Javid’s decision as it hinged on the possibility that Begum’s Bangladeshi heritage might grant her citizenship to that country.
Yet the Bangladeshi government have since said they will not accept her and as a person cannot be rendered ‘stateless’ under international law, the Home Office may yet have to allow Begum to return to Britain.
Mustafa’s case is similar to that of Shamima Begum, whose citizenship was revoked earlier this week but who will also appeal the decision
Her family have said through a lawyer that they will fight Mr Javid’s move.
Mustafa, however, had Moroccan nationality through his mother, Najat – the second wife of Abu Hamza.
Hamza, 60, is a former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque whose radical views brought him to the attention of the authorities and saw him expelled from Britain six years ago after a long legal battle.
Hamza was found guilty of terror offences in both the UK and US, where he is serving a life sentence at a high-security prison.
A friend of his 24-year-old son said that Mustafa has been held in detention as niether Turkey nor Britain want to take him in, the Sun reported.
‘But Sufyan does not wish to go to Morocco and is desperate to return here,’ the friend added.
In 2017 Mustafa told reporters: ‘I am in Syria fighting a barbaric regime that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people just to stay in power. I’m not a terrorist.
‘If they label me as that with no proof then the British Government is doing the same as the Syrian government did to many Syrians.
‘Abu Hamza is my father and he had his own opinions and I have my own opinions. I don’t compare my opinions to his or to anyone elses, because it doesn’t concern me.
‘Revoking my citizenship just because I am related to Abu Hamza is not allowed and will never enter the world of fair trial.’