The Guardian: Abu Hamza and four other suspects appear in US courts after extradition. ‘Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza and four other terrorism suspects appeared in front of US judges on Saturday, having arrived on American soil in the middle of the night following extradition from Britain. Hamza, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary all appeared in New York, in a downtown-Manhattan courtroom; Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan were put in front of a judge in New Haven, Connecticut’.
BBC News: Thirteen arrests at EDL gathering in Sunderland. ‘Thirteen people have been arrested after trouble flared at an English Defence League (EDL) gathering. Northumbria Police said around 200 people gathered at the EDL event and at a counter-demonstration in Millfield, Sunderland, when disorder broke. Witnesses said officers told residents to stay in their homes while they tried to calm the crowd’.
The Jewish Chronicle: English Defence League debate in London cancelled by venue. ’A planned debate between the leader of the English Defence League and a Muslim activist has been cancelled amid security concerns. Tommy Robinson and Abdullah al Andalusi were due to discuss “Islam or Islamophobia — which is a threat to Britain?” at an event yesterday (Thursday October 4), organised by the Muslim Debate Initiative, of which Mr al Andalusi is a co-founder. But the host venue, Conway Hall in central London, pulled out after consulting police’.
ITV News: Brother and sister bailed in terrorism probe. ‘The 23-year-old man and his sister, 18, were detained at their home in the Small Heath area of Birmingham on suspicion of possessing documents likely to be of use to someone committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.
Comment: The Express Tribune: Keeping it real: How British Muslims responded to the sacrilegious film. Zab Mustefa examines the measured response from some British Muslims to the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. ‘It was meant to offend, and offended they were. But, for them, the appropriate response to the amateur anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims was to spread knowledge, not create chaos’. “We simply reacted to the film in a reasonable and responsible way,” says Walid Kamil, Discover Islam’s public relations manager. “We want to get the message across that we [Muslims] are peaceful people.”