Suliman Gani – an apology

During the BBC programme London's Mayor: the Big Debate on 18 April 2016, presenter Andrew Neil said that Imam Suliman Gani was "a supporter of Islamic State" also known as Daesh.

The BBC wishes to make clear that this statement was not true and that he is not a supporter of IS.

Imam Gani opposes Islamic State and its activities which he has in the past condemned and campaigned against.

The BBC apologises to Imam Gani for the distress and damage this statement caused him.