A High Court judge in the UK is to investigate after a mother said her estranged Muslim husband was “negatively influencing” their 12-year-old son with “radical fundamentalist thought, which is associated with terrorism”.
Mr Justice Holman said the woman, who lives in London and is English, had told how the boy had cried and said she was “going to hell” because she was not a Muslim.
The woman had also told how her other, 11-year-old son had got “ideas” from his father, a Libyan who had lived in England for a long time and was a British citizen, the judge said.
She had told how both boys had said they “want to be a jihadist when they grow up” and that they hated “England and Christians”.
Mr Justice Holman said a local authority had begun care proceedings after the allegations were made and police were involved.
Stressing that all the “material” was no more than statements made by or attributed to the woman, he said he would analyse the allegations at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court later this year before making decisions about whether the children should go into care.
“The father himself very strongly denies nearly all of the allegations that have been made against him,” the judge added.
He said the couple were married and had several children. Family court litigation had started after they became estranged.
Mr Justice Holman said that a local authority report told how the woman had described her estranged husband as “an overly controlling, Islamic fundamentalist”.
She had “expressed the fear that he was negatively influencing [the 12-year-old boy]” and made a statement in which she had told how the boys had both been “extremely hostile and rude” to her, calling her a “Christian witch”.
She had said the younger boy had “told me that I am evil”, adding: “When I asked the children where they had got these ideas from, they said that their father had told them.”
Details emerged in a written analysis of the case by the judge following a preliminary hearing in the Family Division of the High Court. None of the people involved were named.