Police seize £13,000 from son of exiled Muslim cleric

THE son of the exiled Islamic cleric Omar Bakri was questioned by anti-terror police after apparently trying to leave the country with £13,000 in cash, it was revealed yesterday.

Abdul Rahman Fostok was stopped at London's Heathrow Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, where his father is now based. Some of the cash is said to have been in a brown envelope marked "Daddy".

Officers from Scotland Yard's new Counter Terrorism Command seized the cash, and then allowed Fostok, 23, to continue his journey. He was not arrested.

Bakri was barred from Britain last year after Charles Clarke, the then home secretary, ruled his presence was "not conducive to the public good".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We can confirm a quantity of cash was seized at Heathrow Airport on 24 October by officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command National Terrorism Financial Investigation Unit.

"The money has been retained under the Proceeds of Crime Act and is now subject to an investigation.

"A 23-year-old man was questioned and later allowed to continue his journey."

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