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UK suspends 3 Muslim clerics

UK suspends 3 Muslim clerics

Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 30, 2001

Britain's prison service said on Friday it had suspended three Muslim clerics for making inappropriate comments about the September 11 attacks in the U.S.

"We have made it very plain to all our imams that there are certain comments about being critical of the U.S. or in praise of what's happened on September 11 which are utterly unacceptable", prison service director Martin Narey told BBC radio.

A prison service spokeswoman said three imams had been suspended between September and November for making inappropriate comments.

The service did not say what the comments were, or identify the men. But it said they worked at Belmarsh Prison in southeast London, Aylesbury Young Offenders' Institution, northwest of London, and Feltham Young Offenders Institution in west London.

Feltham reportedly once housed Richard C. Reid, the man accused of trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes. Mr. Reid reportedly converted to Islam while in prison. Abdul Haqq Baker, the head of the London mosque Reid attended, said Islamic radicals targeted young Muslim converts at his mosque. (AP)

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