Wednesday 17 December 2008, by The Telegraph
Extremists banned from entering the UK will be «named and shamed» under plans to be announced by the Government this week: In the last three years a total of 230 people have been barred from entering the country because of their extreme views but they are not currently named publicly. The bans on high profile figures, including radical Isalmist cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrkhan, only became known after the individuals themselves spoke out against the decisions. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is expected to announce new measures this week aimed at preventing anybody who stirs up religious or racial hatred from entering the UK. The new rules will allow the Home Office to ban Islamic extremists, neo-Nazis and even animal rights activists. Those who are named will also be put on international «watch lists». The Home Office is expected to issue quarterly figures on exclusions and name some of those who are banned. A Home Office official said: «These measures are aimed at preventing anyone who will stir up tensions in the UK from entering the country. «We have not named them in the past but now, when it was in the public interest, we will.
«They will also be placed on international watch lists which tell other countries that they have been banned and why they were not allowed in. «Coming to the UK is a privilege. We don’t want people abusing that by stirring up tensions.» Omar Bakri Mohammed was banned from the UK in the wake of the 7/7 terror attacks in London in 2005. Nick Allen reports.
October 27, 2008