A Perth imam claims he warned a senior security figure that the Saudi government was funding radicals in Australia but was shocked when the official admitted the problem was “above his pay grade”.
Imam Feizel Chothia told an interfaith forum that Australia was one of the safest countries from the threat of terrorism primarily because of the close relationship between local senior Islamic officials and ASIO and the Australian Federal Police.
But he complained the issue could be dealt with more effectively if Australia cut off overseas funding from so-called Wahhabist groups in Saudi Arabia.
“I was sitting very close to a Federal police senior official discussing this issue of radicalisation,” the imam told the forum yesterday.
“And I said to him, well you do know that the centres that promote these extremist ideologies are actually foreign, they are not local,” he said.
“And they are primarily financed by the Saudi government, either directly …