QUEEN TELLS ABU: HOOK ORF! Red faces as BBC man blabs monarch’s pri­vate chat

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN

THE Queen be­came fu­ri­ous at the ma­niac rant­ings of hook-handed Abu Hamza and con­tacted the Home Sec­re­tary to find out why the loon had not been nicked. Her Majesty’s un­prece­dented in­ter­ven­tion only be­came pub­lic af­ter a blab­ber­mouth BBC man broke royal pro­to­col and re­peated a pri­vate chat with the monarch on air.

The Queen was so ‘up­set’ by the con­tent of his hate ser­mons, she asked the min­is­ter of state “why is he he still at large?”, BBC se­cu­rity cor­re­spon­dent Frank Gard­ner re­ported.

Her in­ter­ven­tion was re­vealed as the one- eyed crim­i­nal lost his fi­nal ap­peal against ex­tra­di­tion to the U.S.

Ac­cord­ing to the BBC vet­eran Gard­ner, the Queen “was up­set that her coun­try and its sub­jects were be­ing den­i­grated by this man who was us­ing this coun­try as a plat­form for his very vi­o­lent, hate­ful views”.

When asked on the To­day pro­gramme how he knew, he said: “She told me”.

How­ever, the BBC has since writ­ten to the Palace and apol­o­gised on be­half of Mr Gard­ner as the con­ver­sa­tion should have re­mained pri­vate. The Queen’s po­lit­i­cal views are meant to be confidential.

Her up­set over Hamza’s free­dom was be­cause the se­cu­rity ser­vices, in­clud­ing MI5, had wrongly dis­missed the hate preacher as a ‘noisy trou­ble­maker’ rather than a man bent on in­cit­ing vi­o­lence.

In the years be­fore his ar­rest in late 2004 he preached to en­cour­age Ji­had in the UK and called Bri­tain a ‘toi­let’ – de­spite claim­ing huge sums in ben­e­fits.

“The Queen was pretty up­set that there was no way to ar­rest him,” Mr Gard­ner said.

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