“Hook-handed hate preacher’s TOXIC family: Abu Hamza’s seven sons are all criminals or extremists who have clocked up 40 years in jail between them (and the whole clan has cost taxpayers £10MILLION),” by Paul Bracchi, Daily Mail, January 14, 2022:
Career crook Tito ibn Sheikh appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court this week.
But his crime — plotting to launder hundreds of thousands of pounds of stolen money for which he was sentenced to nearly four years — was perhaps less shocking than his notorious family background.
He was born Hamza Mustafa Kamel before changing his name to Tito ibn Sheikh, which roughly translated means ‘son of a venerable man’ in Arabic.
This could not be a less appropriate title in the circumstances.
His father — the so-called ‘venerable man’ — is Abu Hamza, the infamous ‘hook-handed’ cleric of Finsbury Park mosque who is now serving life without the possibility of parole in the U.S. for terror offences there and in the UK.
Tito ibn Sheikh, as he is now, is one of Abu Hamza’s six sons.
Four of them have criminal convictions for offences including terrorism, armed robbery, drug dealing, fraud and burglary, and the remaining two have a track record of Islamic extremism.
Every one of them, in other words, has been a blight on this country.
Between them — and a seventh stepbrother — they have collectively chalked up 40 years in British jails and, along with Abu Hamza, have cost the British taxpayer millions in legal aid, benefits, healthcare and prison stays.
Could there be a more toxic family anywhere in the country, or anyone who has exploited the system more ruthlessly than the Hamzas?
This is the real scandal behind the latest conviction of 35-year-old Tito ibn Sheikh.
The money laundering scheme involved opening bank accounts with false identities — with the help of a corrupt HSBC official — to ‘wash’ £342,000 of ‘dirty money’ made through thefts and fraud.
At the time, Tito ibn Sheikh was on licence following his release from a 12-year prison term for leading a gang who kidnapped a man and tortured him over a £15,000 debt almost a decade ago.
The victim was knifed, battered with a metal bar and wooden cosh and nearly strangled to death.
‘His neck was squeezed so hard he thought his tongue would pop out,’ is how the prosecution described a particularly brutal aspect of his three-day ordeal.
Tito ibn Sheikh was also jailed for two-and-a-half years in 2009 for being part of a gang which stole 32 luxury cars worth more than £1 million……
Few could have possibly imagined the mark he and his as yet unborn sons would leave on the UK.
Hamza had one son with his first wife, Valerie Traverso, and five with his second, Najat Mostafa.
Najat still lives in a Victorian terrace that sits on a quiet gentrified street in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, where the Hamzas have been since the mid-1990s.
The bay-fronted property, painted magnolia, with security cameras, either side of the front door, pointing at visitors, is owned by Hammersmith and Fulham council.
The family of Hamza, who was sentenced to seven years for inciting race hate and murder in 2006 and extradited to the U.S. on terrorism charges in 2012, received state handouts, including housing and child benefit, which totalled more than £33,000 a year at one point