Most US media ignored, or perhaps spiked, the following story which appeared in the London Times on April 7, 2017 (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kidnap-trial-doctor-treats-gas-victims-5dmnzz5k0).
No wonder. This Times of London story outed Dr. Shajul Islam, the medical “star” of NBC-TV and other reports, as an accused jihadi. Dr. Islam had been on trial, with his brother, for a Syrian jihadi group’s kidnapping and beatings of two British journalists in 2012. The Islam frères were arrested in Britain, but the prosecution was terminated after the key witnesses—the two journalists—couldn’t appear to give evidence. One of the journalists was kidnapped again by jihadis after returning to the region to report on the Syrian war, and the other journalist was later killed in Libya. With the witnesses “unavailable,” charges against Dr. Islam ended in the UK.
Where is Dr. Islam now? In Syria, from where he’s been broadly featured on US TV, immediately after the alleged Syrian government chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, performing close-up examinations of victims of the chemical attack. Even now, almost two months later, Dr. Islam provides regular “updates” from jihadi Idlib, via Twitter and YouTube videos, on the so-called Assad government crimes against civilians
In the April 7th words of the Times of London:
“A British doctor who treated victims of the deadly nerve gas attack in northern Syria travelled back to the war zone after his trial on charges of kidnapping a British journalist collapsed and he was struck from the medical register.
“Shajul Islam, 31, posted a series of videos on Twitter showing victims being brought to the hospital in Idlib province where he now works. He has given interviews on the attack to global media outlets, including NBC News in the United States.
“Mr Islam went on trial in Britain in 2013 on terrorism charges, accused of belonging to a jihadist group that kidnapped John Cantlie, a British journalist who worked for newspapers including The Sunday Times, and Jeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch journalist. They were taken hostage shortly after crossing into Syria from Turkey and kept handcuffed and blindfolded for nine days.
“Mr Islam was described in court as a “committed jihadist” with significant ties to Britons wanted on terrorism charges. The trial against him, his brother Najul and a third man, Jubayer Chowdhury, collapsed when the prosecution was unable to call either of the kidnapped men.
“Mr Cantlie was unavailable because he had returned to Syria where he was kidnapped again and held by Islamic State. The last known western hostage held by the group, he has been forced to appear in a series of propaganda videos, most recently in Mosul, where an offensive against the group is under way. Mr Oerlemans, who refused to give evidence for fear that it would further endanger Mr Cantlie, was killed by a sniper in Libya last year.”
By the way, the London Times also reported that “In March last year, Mr Islam was struck off the medical register for misconduct after a 16-day secret hearing. Details of his misconduct charges were never revealed.”
For more on the chemical attack agitprop, look at SST’s postings of Dr. Theodore Postol’s scientific smackdown of the White House intelligence findings regarding the Khan Sheikhoun incident. https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/04/the-french-intelligence-report-of-april-26-2017-contradicts-the-allegations-in-the-white-house-intel.html