Fraud Colleges Admit Terror Suspects to UK
Alleged al-Qaeda members enrolled in ring of fake schools
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2009 8:47 AM CDT
Armed anti-terrorist police apprehend a suspect outside the library of John Moores University in Liverpool England, Wednesday April 8, 2009, during a series of terror raids in Britain's northwest.   (AP Photo/Lewis Cornford)
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(Newser) – Thousands of young Pakistanis have entered Britain by applying for visas to study at sham colleges that issue fake diplomas and attendance records, the Times of London reports. Ten of the 12 men arrested last month when police busted an alleged al-Qaeda plot were enrolled at a bogus college; other terror suspects have been registered at a school with nearly 2,000 students but only three instructors.

Eleven colleges in London and northern England, all established in the last 5 years, are controlled by three young businessmen from Pakistan—one of whom recently fled the country. British police yesterday arrested a man associated with two of the schools who has been linked to two murders in Pakistan. Hundreds of the "students" are from the North West Frontier Province, the troubled region near Afghanistan seen as the heart of the insurgency.