Profession criminal Tito ibn Sheikh appeared within the dock at Southwark Crown Court docket this week.
However his crime — plotting to launder lots of of 1000’s of kilos of stolen cash for which he was sentenced to just about 4 years — was maybe much less stunning than his infamous household background.
He was born Hamza Mustafa Kamel earlier than altering his identify to Tito ibn Sheikh, which roughly translated means ‘son of a venerable man’ in Arabic.
Profession criminal Tito ibn Sheikh, pictured, appeared within the dock at Southwark Crown Court docket this week
This might not be a much less applicable title within the circumstances.
His father — the so-called ‘venerable man’ — is Abu Hamza, the notorious ‘hook-handed’ cleric of Finsbury Park mosque who’s now serving life with out the opportunity of parole within the U.S. for terror offences there and within the UK.
Tito ibn Sheikh, as he’s now, is one among Abu Hamza’s six sons.
4 of them have prison convictions for offences together with terrorism, armed theft, drug dealing, fraud and housebreaking, and the remaining two have a observe report of Islamic extremism.
Each one among them, in different phrases, has been a blight on this nation.
Between them — and a seventh stepbrother — they’ve collectively chalked up 40 years in British jails and, together with Abu Hamza, have price the British taxpayer tens of millions in authorized support, advantages, healthcare and jail stays.
Might there be a extra poisonous household anyplace within the nation, or anybody who has exploited the system extra ruthlessly than the Hamzas?
Hate preacher Abu Hamza. In 1979 he arrived in Britain from Egypt and was given indefinite go away to remain after marrying a British lady
That is the actual scandal behind the newest conviction of 35-year-old Tito ibn Sheikh.
The cash laundering scheme concerned opening financial institution accounts with false identities — with the assistance of a corrupt HSBC official — to ‘wash’ £342,000 of ‘soiled cash’ made by way of thefts and fraud.
On the time, Tito ibn Sheikh was on licence following his launch from a 12-year jail time period for main a gang who kidnapped a person and tortured him over a £15,000 debt nearly a decade in the past.
The sufferer was knifed, battered with a metallic bar and wood cosh and almost strangled to dying.
‘His neck was squeezed so exhausting he thought his tongue would come out,’ is how the prosecution described a very brutal side of his three-day ordeal.
Tito ibn Sheikh was additionally jailed for two-and-a-half years in 2009 for being a part of a gang which stole 32 luxurious vehicles value greater than £1 million.
He wore his hair in a ponytail and was wearing a inexperienced jail tracksuit when he appeared in courtroom once more this week.
His barrister stated that his shopper had modified his identify to distance himself from his father.
‘His father has a level of notoriety which has brought about him substantial issue and he and different members of his household have modified their names because of this,’ the barrister defined in mitigation.
In truth, the case epitomises the ‘unhealthy’ gene that runs by way of the Hamza boys.
It was in 1979 that Abu Hamza arrived in Britain from Egypt. He was given indefinite go away to remain after marrying a British lady.
Mostafa was jailed for 2 years for his half within the rip-off, alongside together with his brother Tito ibn Sheikh (then nonetheless referred to as Hamza Mustafa Kamel) who’s now inside for cash laundering, and stepbrother Mohssin Ghailam, pictured, (4 years)
Few might have presumably imagined the mark he and his as but unborn sons would depart on the UK.
Hamza had one son together with his first spouse, Valerie Traverso, and 5 together with his second, Najat Mostafa.
Najat nonetheless lives in a Victorian terrace that sits on a quiet gentrified road in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, the place the Hamzas have been because the mid-Nineteen Nineties.
The bay-fronted property, painted magnolia, with safety cameras, both aspect of the entrance door, pointing at guests, is owned by Hammersmith and Fulham council.
The household of Hamza, who was sentenced to seven years for inciting race hate and homicide in 2006 and extradited to the U.S. on terrorism expenses in 2012, obtained state handouts, together with housing and little one profit, which totalled greater than £33,000 a yr at one level.
When, shortly afterwards, matriarch Najat was believed to be dwelling there with solely two of the couple’s brood, the native authority requested her to maneuver to a ‘extra applicable’ smaller residence.
She was entitled to refuse their request, nonetheless, and the council was powerless to evict her as there was no time restrict on the tenancy settlement.
Over time, the property has undergone intensive renovation on the public’s expense.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance calculated that by the point Abu Hamza was imprisoned within the U.S. he and his brood had price Britain £2.75 million in welfare funds, council housing, and authorized prices.
That determine has now greater than tripled.
The Henry Jackson counter-extremist think-tank has estimated that, when the prison information of his sons have been factored in, the invoice this household has inflicted on the British taxpayer could have risen to at the very least £10 million.
‘The general public count on that their taxes go to supply providers that profit all of us,’ stated assume tank director of communications Sam Armstrong.
‘As an alternative, all too typically it’s drained by the likes of the Hamzas who hate and hurt this nation and exploit each loophole to take what they will.
‘Along with the eye-watering sums the Hamza household has price the general public purse, there are different prices which are much less quantifiable, such because the corrosive affect on the group.
‘Abu Hamza’s crimes had been damaging sufficient, however by way of his sons he has spawned a brand new technology of lawlessness.’
Might there be a extra egregious catalogue of crimes?
Mohammed Kamel Mostafa, 40 — Hamza’s eldest and solely son by first spouse Valerie Traverso — was 17 when he was accused of masterminding a bombing marketing campaign to sabotage vacationer and financial websites in Yemen in August 1999.
Rocket-propelled grenades, explosives, anti-tank rockets, mines and communication gear had been discovered belonging to the armed gang. Claims they had been tortured into confessing had been dismissed by a courtroom.
Mostafa spent three years in jail within the Arab state earlier than returning to London in 2002.
Mohammed Kamel Mostafa was 17 when he was accused of masterminding a bombing marketing campaign to sabotage vacationer and financial websites in Yemen in August 1999
He obtained a job on the Underground however was fired after colleagues found his id.
Later, he launched a profession in rap, with lyrics about waging holy struggle and carrying weapons. ‘I used to be born to a soldier,’ one his verses went, ‘Kalashnikov in my shoulder, peace to Hamas and Hezbollah.’
It wasn’t lengthy, nonetheless, earlier than he was again behind bars. In 2009, he was a part of a gang that focused luxurious vehicles. They obtained the log books and keys of autos left in long-stay automobile parks, akin to BMWs, Vary Rovers and Mercedes, through the use of a loophole within the DVLA system to divert registration particulars. The autos had been then offered on the Continent.
Mostafa was jailed for 2 years for his half within the rip-off, alongside together with his brother Tito ibn Sheikh (then nonetheless referred to as Hamza Mustafa Kamel) who’s now inside for cash laundering, and stepbrother Mohssin Ghailam (4 years).
Yasser Kamel, 31, is serving 4 years after police raided his flat in Park Royal, West London, in 2019, and located ‘high quality’ cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy and ketamine with a road worth of £30,000.
Among the many tell-tale paraphernalia of his ‘commerce’ had been two electrical scales and an encrypted telephone.
Yasser Kamel, 31, is serving 4 years after police raided his flat in Park Royal, West London, in 2019
‘The medicine had been excessive purity and the circumstances present you’ve gotten shut hyperlinks to the supply and the expectation of considerable monetary acquire,’ the choose instructed him after he admitted possession with intent to produce class A and B medicine.
Kamel blamed his father’s arrest and extradition, when he was round 14, for his personal lifetime of crime. He has a conviction for housebreaking and spent 12 months in youth detention for attacking police throughout an illustration exterior the Israeli embassy.
He turned to drug dealing, he stated, as a result of he ‘ran out of cash to pay hire’.
Imran Mostafa Kamel, 29, was a part of a gang that raided a jeweller’s retailer in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
They escaped with gems value £70,000 after brandishing a handgun and smashing show cupboards with a sledgehammer in what was described as a ‘refined and well-planned’ daylight heist.
A ‘smoke-producing machine’ was set off in an try to disguise these concerned. The violent intrusion in 2012 was captured on CCTV.
Imran Mostafa Kamel, 29, was a part of a gang that raided a jeweller’s retailer in King’s Lynn, Norfolk
‘For many who had the misfortune to be working within the premises it will need to have been a fully terrifying expertise,’ stated the choose, who jailed Mostafa for 11 years.
Mostafa had denied theft and possessing a firearm with the intent to commit an offence.
Two years in the past, he was charged with two gun offences after a melee exterior a celebration in London’s Park Lane through which a bouncer was stabbed to dying. The costs had been later dropped.
He’s nonetheless listed on the electoral roll as dwelling on the household house in Shepherd’s Bush.
Sufyan Mustafa, 27, was stripped of his British citizenship three years in the past.
Former laptop sciences scholar Mustafa had travelled to Syria in 2013 when he was 19. He claimed he was combating with rebels in opposition to the Assad regime. However when he tried to return to the UK in 2018, his identify flagged up on a terrorist watchlist and he was stopped from boarding a flight to the UK from Turkey.
By his mom, Najat, he additionally had Moroccan nationality however he stated he didn’t want to go there.
Sufyan Mustafa, 27, was stripped of his British citizenship three years in the past
His case has echoes of Isis bride Shamima Begum who additionally desires to return to Britain.
Mustafa has tried to distance himself from his father.
‘Britain is the place the place I used to be born and lived,’ he stated in an interview in 2017.
‘I’ve by no means been a menace to nationwide safety in Britain and won’t commit aggression on its inhabitants as a result of our faith doesn’t permit assaults on innocents.
‘Abu Hamza is my father and he has his personal opinions and I’ve mine. Revoking my citizenship simply because I’m associated to Abu Hamza just isn’t allowed and can by no means enter the world of honest trial.’
Othman Mustafa Kamal, 33, adopted in his father’s footsteps and have become an imam.
He was captured on video again in 2012 calling for holy struggle and backed a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist who tried to homicide U.S. FBI brokers in Afghanistan.
In one among his filmed ‘sermons’ Kamal, who was preaching on the An-Noor mosque in Acton, West London, recites the Koran to worshippers earlier than graphic photos fill the display together with a person holding the top of a decapitated enemy soldier.
Othman Mustafa Kamal, 33, was captured on video again in 2012 calling for holy struggle and backed a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist who tried to homicide U.S. FBI brokers in Afghanistan
Throughout one other clip, he prays for Aafia Siddiqui, dubbed ‘Woman Al Qaeda’, the feminine Pakistani neuroscientist who was jailed for 86 years in New York in 2010 for the tried homicide of U.S. troopers who had been interrogating her in Afghanistan.
A mosque spokesman on the time admitted his movies may very well be utilized by London-based extremists to foment hatred within the capital and may by no means have been uploaded.
Kamal is not linked to the mosque which got here underneath new administration in 2015.
Extra not too long ago, he was the director of an organization referred to as Burlington Ltd which rented and leased vehicles. The corporate, which was registered on the household house in Shepherd’s Bush the place Kamal continues to be listed on the electoral roll, has been dissolved.
So six sons — plus one stepson — who’re all both convicted criminals or linked to extremism have left a invoice for the taxpayer working into tens of millions.
What a legacy Abu Hamza has left behind as he languishes in a U.S. jail.
Further reporting: Tim Stewart and Nic North.
Source: Each day Mail