A trustee at one of London's best-known mosques is a senior member of 'terrorist organisation' Hamas's political wing, it was reported this morning.
Mohammed Sawalha holds the role of trustee at Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, which was formerly linked to extremism but which insists it has since undergone an 'complete overhaul'.
It emerged today that Mr Sawalha represented the militant Palestinian organisation Hamas at recent talks in Moscow.
Mohammed Sawalha, a trustee at Finsbury Park mosque, was part of a Hamas delegation
Sawalha, who lives in London, was appointed a trustee of the mosque in 2010 and is legally responsible for overseeing the mosque's management, The Times reported today.
He was one of five senior figures from the Islamist organisation who were sent to Moscow in September, where they met Russia's deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov and other Kremlin officials.
One of the group told Middle East news website Al-Monitor that the meeting between Hamas and top Russian officials was 'an important milestone'
The delegate added: 'Russia is a great power, at a time when the United States wants Hamas to be labeled as a terrorist group and be isolated.'
The UK only designates Hamas's military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, as a terrorist organisation, not the political wing, meaning Mr Sawalha has broken no rules.
But his prominence at the north London mosque may unsettle some who are concerned about the organisation's reach in the UK.
Mr Sawalha is part of the political wing of the militant Islamist organisation based in Palestine
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