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Prison was 'powerless to stop me converting others'

Speaking for the first time since his release from prison for trying to bring Sharia Law to the streets of London, was Jordan Horner, who has taken the Islamic name Jamaal Uddin.

In December 2012, Horner was filmed at a protest alongside Michael Adebowale who, five months later, murdered soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

He claimed he had converted other prisoners during his time in prison.

Mr Horner said to BBC Panorama:

The prison officers witnessed people become Muslim. In front of them I was giving them what we call Shahada, an invitation and acceptance of Islam.

They were becoming Muslim in front of the prison officers and they felt sort of powerless.

They said I was trying to divide Muslims from non-Muslims, trying to get them to follow an extreme version of Islam.

He added that in less than a year he was transferred between three different jails in an effort to disrupt his activities.

More: Woolwich attack 'designed to advance extremist views'


Prevention needed to stop extreme 'terrorist views'

Speaking to BBC Panorama Justice minister Jeremy Wright discussed the threat of Islamic radicalisation behind bars in Britain by saying they should be prevented from inflicting their extreme views on others:

The police and security services do a difficult but important job making sure some of the most dangerous terrorists in this country end up where they belong - behind bars.

Once there, we must make sure they cannot inflict their extreme views on others.

The challenge that our prison staff face should not be underestimated but the public can be reassured - we are committed to tackling extremism."

– Justice minister Jeremy Wright

'Significant threat' of Islamic radicalisation behind bars

There is a "significant risk" of Islamic radicalisation behind bars the head of the prison and probation service has told BBC Panorama.

There is a "significant risk" of Islamic radicalisation behind bars says the National Offender Management Service of England and Wales. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Michael Spurr the chief executive of the National Offender Management Service of England and Wales (NOMS) told the programme:

"There is a significant risk, given the fact that we manage some very dangerous people.

"Our job is to minimise that risk becoming a reality - that somebody in prison becomes radicalised and commits a terrorist offence."

Over the last ten years the number of Muslims in prisons in England and Wales has doubled, with the figure reaching 11,729 in 2013.

There are about 100 al-Qaida-inspired Islamist terrorists behind bars.

Judge tells woman to remove burka to prove identity

A Muslim woman accused of witness intimidation has been told to remove her burka by a judge before entering a plea in his court in case she was an imposter.

The Judicial Office said the 21-year-old from east London had initially refused to remove her full veil and reveal her face at Blackfriars Crown Court.

But judge Peter Murphy said the court's pursuit of open justice trumped her religious beliefs.

He also turned down a request from the woman's barrister for a female member of the police or prison staff to confirm her identity from arrest pictures before she entered the court.

The case was adjourned until Sept 12, when he may hear legal argument about the issue.