UK taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden

UK taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden, by Tom Harper.

Gangsters have stolen billions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money and used tens of millions to fund terrorism, according to police and intelligence files.

A network of British Asians [i.e. Mulsims] based in London, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland mounted VAT and benefit frauds against the exchequer over two decades …

The gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died, is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.

The sum the gang extracted from the Treasury is almost triple the annual government expenditure on MI5, MI6 and GCHQ and approaches the central government grant for policing in England and Wales each year.

The gang infiltrated multiple government agencies and corrupted local politicians in its war on British taxpayers, the files allege. …

Some of the information, which highlights the role of an accountant in a provincial English town, was discovered on a discarded laptop in Afghanistan by CIA and MI6 o..cers during their search for bin Laden after the 9/11 attack in 2001. …

A customs officer told this newspaper that he was repeatedly prevented from sharing intelligence with MI5 because HMRC wanted to maintain the confidentiality of the terror suspects’ tax records. …

Reporting restrictions imposed at the start of the first trial prevent the identification of any of the gang because several kingpins fled the UK before they could be arrested. They are thought to be in the Middle East. …

The first sign of the gang’s activities came 24 years ago when police officers from a rural English force became so alarmed at the claims of one informant that they called in Special Branch, the police unit responsible for national security. …

An undercover HMRC officer says he watched Abu Hamza, the hook-handed cleric, recruiting young Muslims in the late 1990s to work with the crime syndicate — years before he rose to prominence as an al-Qaeda recruiter. …

One gang member who can be identified is Afra Syab Ilyas, an accountant with Burnley borough council. The files state that he left Lancashire for Afghanistan in the late 1990s to fight for the Taliban, the Islamic fundamentalist movement that gave shelter to bin Laden as he plotted his 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan.

Charles:

The best-researched article I have seen in The Times for many years. And one of the most haunting.

Notice the dates. This is happening in parallel with the rape epidemic of white girls by Muslim men in Britain — Rotherham etc.

One law for Muslims, another for the rest of the Britons. It’s as if the UK wants to submit to Islam. Or our leaders have taken the blank slate hypothesis much too far, assuming Muslims from the backwoods of Pakistan will behave just like patriotic members of our previously high trust society? Our current leadership is unfit.

hat-tip Charles in Melbourne