We have received the following e-mail from Dr Imran Waheed, representative of the Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain Organisation. He writes:
Dear Ms. Szamuely,We wonder if Dr Waheed has read this and this, as well as this little gem, this one and, of course, this, this and this.
Your article concerning Shabina Begum alleges that she, her brother and her cousin are members of our organisation. This is untrue and there is no evidence to substantiate this. Even the law lords in their verdict do not suggest that she or any members of her family are members of our organisation. They are not, and have never been, members of our organisation.
In addition, you allege that our organisation is linked to Al-Qaeda in some shape or form. This is an outlandish allegation that again has no evidence to substantiate it. Hizb ut-Tahrir rejects violence as a methodology for change, as is clearly pointed out in our publications and press statements. Even those, who have studied the party in depth do not make such outrageous allegations.
After seeking legal advice, we ask that these allegations are removed immediately from your website. We also ask that you correct the above mistakes. Other sites that had carried your article have already removed the article, once this matter was brought to their attention.
If you are not prepared to remove the aforesaid article, we would be grateful if you could provide us with a postal address at which we can serve documents in relation to the publication of these allegations.
This correspondence will be placed before a judge in any forthcoming legal action that we decide to take against you, the owners of the website and its host.
Dr Imran Waheed
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain
Suite 301, 28 Old Brompton Rd, London, SW7 3SS
We, on the other hand, have read this. The post stands.