Welfare Imam: Deportation Not Fair

August 8, 2005 6:00AM EST

A hate-spewing imam who has collected over $450,000 in welfare payments from the British government is complaining it would be unfair to deport him because it would cause his four wives and their families to suffer.

Speaking after Prime Minister Tony Blair announced a new get-tough policy to rid the country of terrorist sympathizers, Sheik Omar Bakri told London's Daily Mail: "I have wives, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law. It would be hard on my family if I was deported."

In past rants, Shiek Bakri has lauded the 9/11 hijackers as "magnificent" and declared as recently as January that Britain had become a "land of war."

According to the Daily Mail, Bakri "has supported suicide bombings and urged his followers to kill non-Muslims 'wherever, whenever.'"

The agitating imam has been living on the dole for 20 years. A childhood injury to his leg has allowed Bakri to claim a disability, which netted him a state-supplied car and $450-a-week benefit payments.

The Brit-bashing shiek also lives in a $350,000 home in North London.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Blair vowed to deport terrorist-sympathizing immigrants like Bakri.

"They can't come here and start inciting our young people in communities to take up violence against British people here," he warned. "And if you do that, you're going to go back."