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Suffolk man denies Osama link

PUBLISHED: 11:30 29 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

A WOODBRIDGE restaurant manager has today denied claims that he is behind an extremist website that promotes the views of terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Abdul Khan from Melton said that an expose in a national newspaper that linked him to sites supporting bin Laden's war on America, was wrong.

A WOODBRIDGE restaurant manager has today denied claims that he is behind an extremist website that promotes the views of terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Abdul Khan from Melton said that an expose in a national newspaper that linked him to sites supporting bin Laden's war on America, was wrong.

He is adamant that his only involvement in the Islamic Observation Committee (IOC) website, which has links to bin Laden, was to register the domain.

The national newspaper claims that the IOC, like many other Muslim sites was using technology expertise in the UK to promote their cause in Chechnya, Kashmir and Afghanistan.

Now the father of four fears that some people may not understand his role and see him as a supporter of the man believed to be responsible for the deaths of thousands on September 11.

At his home this morning Mr Khan spoke out against the accusations.

He said: "It is very worrying to think that people may think we have a link with bin Laden.

"I am totally opposed to all this – I am a normal man wanting to live a normal life.

"I do not want to get involved in politics at all."

Mr Khan maintains his only link to the site was to register it and that he did not question the content when he saw the address.

He said: "I never do – very often the address of a site has nothing to do with what is on there.

"You can just buy the name."

The national newspaper revealed the site www.ummah.org.uk to be registered at Mr Khan's address, which he readily admits.

But he denies other accusations that he is also behind a site called www.arab.net/iiro, which he claims does not even work … he does admit however setting up the web address IIRO.org

He said: "I did register IIRO.org but that has never been used, it is just the domain."

Mr Khan became involved in registering sites as part of a small business that involved a mutual acquaintance, Syed Hussain Ahmed who owns a computer business in Swansea.

The pair earned money for registering the domain.

Apparently Mr Khan has not registered a site for them for about six months.

He said that he is happy to talk with the police and any intelligence agencies that may want to talk to him as a result of the investigation.

Mr Khan, who is originally from Bangladesh and is a Muslim, has lived in the area for 22 years.

He said: "I have lived here for a long time and do not want people to view me suspiciously.

"We regret what is happening at the moment and we do not like the Taliban, as they do not do the right thing by their people.

"We regret the many deaths of the Afghan people and regret what happened on September 11 but I am not political and do not want to be involved in politics."

Neither of the web sites … www.ummah.org.uk or www.arab.net/iiro were operating today.

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