Remember Green Crescent, that Bangladesh based, UK funded charity busted with weapons, explosives and jihad literature? Well, it looks like they finally rounded up Faisal Mostafa, the charity's head. And we know this isn't Faisal's first terror rodeo.
Dr Mostafa, who is married with three children, was given a suspended sentence for trying to board a plane at Manchester airport last November with a pistol in his suitcase. He was also cleared of conspiracy to cause explosions in 2002, following a surveillance operation in Birmingham in 2000. His co-defendant on that occasion, Moinul Abedin, 27, was jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of planning a wave of terror across Britain with home-made bombs.
Mostafa, a Manchester Metropolitan University chemistry graduate, was cleared in 1996 of involvement in a terrorist bomb plot but was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm found at his home, which was used to kill a man in Moss Side. He was given a four year prison sentence.
About his arrest. From The Independent:
Police detained the head of a British-based charity today that funded an Islamic school in southern Bangladesh where authorities seized weapons and explosives, an official said.
Faisal Mustafa — who runs the London-based Green Crescent charity — was held for questioning along with an aide, said A.K. Azad, a spokesman for the Rapid Action Battalion, a special anti-crime force.
Mustafa's family earlier told local media he had been missing since 26 March, two days after police raided the Green Crescent Madrassah and Orphanage, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the capital of Dhaka.
Police found a large cache of guns, bullets and bomb-making materials as well as books on jihad, or holy war, at the school and arrested four employees, including a religious teacher, said Mamunur Rashid, an officer who led last month's raid.