Welsh Muslim college that taught Lee Rigby’s killer was under influence of radical preacher

Yusuf al-Qaradawi backs suicide attacks on Israelis, “light” beatings for women, burning or stoning gays and punishing rape victims.

A controversial Muslim cleric who supports suicide bombers was behind the curriculum at a top Islamic college in Wales where one of Lee Rigby’s killers studied, it’s emerged.

The work of Egyptian Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who was banned from Britain in 2008, helped shape courses at the Llanybydder-based European Institute of Human Sciences attended by Michael Adebowale.

As well as backing suicide attacks on Israelis chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Al-Qaradawi is reported to have said it’s okay to beat women “lightly”, lash gays and suggested rape victims should be punished if dressed immodestly.

Terrorism expert Professor Anthony Glees said Adebowale’s time at the Ceredigion college should have set alarm bells ringing for MI5 and helped prevent the murder of the British soldier.

Professor Glees, who heads the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, said: “This is something which definitely should have been recorded against this person in any file the security service would open against them.”


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