"We don't need any foreign fighters. Who would dare to suggest to an innocent Belgian youth brought up on chips and mayo that they should go and fight in Syria? Ten men would be needed to ensure that they are not killed."
The sheikh believes that such fighters are a nuisance: "These adventurers and amateur fighters have to be trained, fed and given arms. They are a burden on the Syrian people."
Bassam Ayachi is under investigation and suspected of involvement in a terrorist outfit, which he denies.