CAIRO – Revelations that a Danish Muslim convert was in reality an undercover agent posing as extremist in an attempt to trap young Muslims are sending shockwaves across the sizable minority in Denmark.
“The police and security services want us to trust them but they are sending agitators into our community to lead people astray,” Qadir Baksh, chairman of the Luton Islamic Center in Bury Park Road, told Luton Today newspaper on Wednesday, October 10.
A Muslim convert, Morten Storm, has unveiled that he was an undercover agent for the Danish intelligence service (PET) and the CIA.
He told Jyllands-Posten daily that he was recruited by PET in 2006 to track down extremists in the Scandinavian country.
He also said that he led the CIA to Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone attack last year.
The convert moved to Luton in 1999, where he told community leaders that he wanted to start a new life after a history of extremism.
However, he started to propagate his radical ideas in an effort to lure young Muslims into his line.
“Certain people here propped him up, such as Al Muhajiroun,” Baksh said, referring to an outlawed Islamist group in Britain, which has an office in Denmark.
“They made him their scholar.”
The Muslim leader said that the undercover had tried hard to spread his radical ideas in the Muslim community.
“He tried very hard to spread mischief in the community,” he said.
“He would come to us and tell us his views, and we would send him away with his tail between his legs.”
Baksh said the radical ideas championed by the undercover largely fell on the deaf ears of most Danish Muslims.
“He was running around here, there and everywhere, with a corrupt version of Islam, and leading people astray,” he said.
“There are extremist jihadists in Luton and he was propagating their thoughts among young people, spreading lies about Islam.
“We thought he was probably being watched by the security services.”
The Muslim leader said that the behavior of the convert had raised suspicions in the community.
“Early on I had my suspicions about him, but I didn’t have clear evidence,” Baksh said.
“We know the CIA do conduct sting operations.”
The CIA and FBI are used to use fake operations to trap what they say “potential terror” suspects.
But the technique has sparked anger among US Muslims, who accuse the two agencies of trapping young Muslims into terrorism.
In 2009, Muslim groups had threatened to suspend all contacts with the FBI over its tactics of sending informants into mosques to trap worshippers.
“The vast majority of Muslims just want to get on with their lives and practise their religion in peace,” Baksh said.
Denmark is home to a Muslim minority of 200,000, making three percent of the country's 5.4 million population.
The Scandinavian country was the focus of Muslim anger in 2005 after a newspaper published cartoons lampooning Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).
Following the cartoons crisis, Muslims worldwide took many initiatives to remove widely circulated stereotypes about Islam in the West.Danish Muslims established the European Committee for Honoring the Prophet, a grouping of 27 Danish Muslim organizations, to raise awareness about the merits and characteristics of the Prophet.
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