01 April 2016

Glasgow Imam Habib ur Rehman won't face charges over controversial messages

The religious head of Scotland's biggest mosque will not face charges over a series of leaked messages that apparently praised an extremist who was executed after murdering a politician in Pakistan.

Glasgow Central Mosque imam Habib ur Rehman was said to have made favourable comments about assassin Mumtaz Qadri, who was hanged in February for the murder of Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who opposed Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws.

The imam said a series of Whatsapp messages about Qadri in which he reportedly called the killer a ''true Muslim'' had been ''taken out of context'' and were about his opposition to Qadri's hanging and the Pakistani justice system. [Evening Times] Read more