Imam loses libel action against BBC over 'extreme' claim

  • 28 October 2016
  • From the section UK
Shakeel Begg

An influential imam has lost a libel action against the BBC after a judge ruled he had promoted violence.

London-based Shakeel Begg sued after being accused on the Sunday Politics show of espousing extreme beliefs.

The judge said Lewisham Islamic Centre's chief imam had hidden his true views behind a cloak of respectability.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said he "clearly promotes and encourages violence in support of Islam and espouses a series of extremist Islamic positions".

"On occasions when it has suited him…he has shed the cloak of respectability and revealed the horns of extremism."

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Prison violence in England and Wales up yet again

  • 27 October 2016
  • From the section UK
Pentonville Prison interior Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption HMP Pentonville: Fatal stabbing in October

Violence in jails has continued to rise, with assaults on prison officers in English and Welsh jails reaching almost 6,000 incidents a year.

The latest figures show the overall number of assaults rose by a third to 23,775 in the year to June 2016.

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'IS fighter' guilty after trial held partly in secret

  • 13 October 2016
  • From the section UK
Gabriel Rasmus and Anas Abdalla: Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption From Left: Gabriel Rasmus, who pleaded guilty, and Anas Abdalla planned to head to Syria

A would-be Syria fighter has been convicted of trying to smuggle himself to the war zone after a semi-secret trial with claims of MI5 harassment.

Anas Abdalla had denied preparing for acts of terrorism by hiding in a lorry at Dover with another extremist.

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The imam killed because he wasn't 'Muslim enough'

  • 16 September 2016
  • From the section UK
An amulet given out in spiritual healing sessions by the imam who was later murdered
Image caption Amulet: Given out in spiritual healing sessions by the imam who was later murdered

On Friday a jury at Manchester Crown Court found Mohammed Syeedy guilty of murdering a 71-year-old imam - because he wasn't Muslim enough.

This is not just a crime that shocked the Muslim community in Rochdale where Jalal Uddin was bludgeoned to death.

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Undercover police: 'Officers won't face charges over evidence'

  • 8 September 2016
  • From the section UK
Mark Kennedy
Image caption Undercover officer Mark Kennedy infiltrated campaign groups

The attorney general has given a pledge that no one will face prosecution based on evidence given at the inquiry into undercover policing.

The assurance means former officers will not be prosecuted for on anything they say during the inquiry.

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Anjem Choudary's American follower

  • 6 September 2016
  • From the section Magazine
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Image caption Jesse Morton today

Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five-and-a-half years in the UK for inviting others to support the Islamic State militant group, but his influence stretched all the way to the US.

If Jesse Morton had not, as he puts it, "opened his mind", he would be among the most dangerous men within walking distance of the White House.

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Social media giants 'failing' on extremism - MPs

  • 25 August 2016
  • From the section UK
Anjem Choudary Image copyright PA
Image caption Recently convicted cleric Anjem Choudary operated online for years

Social media companies are "consciously failing" to combat groups using their services to promote extremism, say MPs.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, must show "a greater sense of responsibility".

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How Anjem Choudary's mouth was finally shut

  • 16 August 2016
  • From the section Magazine
Anjem Choudary, 2015, outside Regent's Park Mosque Image copyright AFP

For 20 years Anjem Choudary stood on street corners, in shopping precincts, outside mosques, embassies and police stations and used his megaphone to drive a wedge between Muslims and the rest of Britain. Now he has been convicted of inviting others to support the Islamic State militant group.

The scenes would change - but not the words.

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Nice attacks: Can a lorry attack ever be stopped?

  • 15 July 2016
  • From the section UK
A truck smashing into a truck barrier ramp
Image caption Testing a barrier: Just one of the options to stop a lorry attack

Can an attack like Nice ever be stopped?

If we want to live in a free and open society, then no security infrastructure could ever remove all the risks.

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Undercover police 'rulebook' published for first time

  • 29 June 2016
  • From the section UK
Mark Kennedy
Image caption Undercover officer Mark Kennedy infiltrated campaign groups - had a string of relationships

A rulebook covering the conduct of undercover police officers in England and Wales and how they are supervised has been published for the first time.

The draft guidance bans sexual relationships and says officers must submit to regular psychological tests.

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