London, UK, August 9 – In response to erroneous media reports that suggest that Omar Bakri Mohammed was the founder of Hizb ut-Tahrir, we make the following clarifications for the record:
(1) Hizb ut-Tahrir is a non-violent Islamic political party founded in 1953 by Taqiuddin an-Nabhani, a judge in the Jerusalem Court of Appeals.
(2) Omar Bakri Mohammed was not the founder of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain. He was expelled from the party in 1996 and has had no relationship whatsoever with the party for over 9 years.
Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain holds regular, transparent elections for its UK national executive committee. The last elections were held in March 2004, were attended by independent observers and the results were widely publicised.
Notes to Editors:
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain is the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global independent Islamic political party. The global leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Ata Abu Rushta, is in the Muslim world. The party works throughout the Islamic world to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate].