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Bolton man charged over Hajj holiday fraud

A man has been charged over the false advertisement and sale of £3,000 Hajj package holidays on a TV channel.

Mudassir Shaheen, 37, of Green Lane in Bolton, Greater Manchester, is charged with 11 counts of money laundering.

It follows a police probe into claims 11 Muslim families who bought the holidays, which included a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, never received tickets.

He will appear before Bolton magistrates on 3 March.

The Hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam.

It is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of Islam.

The ritual is designed to promote the bonds of Islamic brotherhood and sisterhood by showing that everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah.

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