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Hamza The Estate Agent

by | 16th, October 2006

“STUMP DUTY,” says the Mirror’s headline. It’s one-eyed, hook-handed purple people eater Abu Hamza. He’s back. And he’s in the property game.

The report says that Hamza has paid £220,000 in cash for a house in Greenford, West London.

Currently residing in a compact and bijou cell in Belmarsh, South London, Hamza knows a good deal when he sees it and has purchased the four-bed semi.

He might be a “maniac”, as the Star calls him, but Hamza realises that with house prices rising every day property is an investment opportunity he cannot afford to miss out on.

Coincidentally, Hamza bought the house in October 2004 while he was amassing a legal aid bill that, as the Times reports, will cost taxpayers more than £250,000.

Patrick Mercer, the Tory homeland security spokesman, says: “This is outrageous and makes an utter mockery of how the Chancellor has slipped up in dealing with terrorist financing.”

And rent-a quote Labour MP Stephen Pound tells the Mirror: “Paying £220,000 for a house rings every bell in the orchestra and someone needs to go through the deal with a fine toothcomb.”

Pound has a less-than-unique way with words. And over in the Express, the MP for Ealing North wonders how right it is that Hamza’s wife, Najat Chafe, lives in a £60,000 house on £680 benefits a week. Pound wonders if she is “milking the system”. “Hamza is not only taking us for a ride, he is taking us to the cleaners,” he says.

Meanwhile, over in Greenford, Mrs Alila Ahmed, 39, who lives close to Hamza’s new home, says: “There have been lots of people in and out, women, children and four men. They’ve been there for about a year. I can’t understand how so many people can live in a house that size.”

Perhaps Hamza, speaking from his 9m² cell, can enlighten her. Or perhaps it’s all legit and in accordance with the terms of the tenancy agreement – Hamza rents the house out.

That’s right. Just when you thought the bearded menace couldn’t get any more unlovely, he turns his hooks to estate agency.



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