16 January 2017

Muslim cleric accused of performing forced marriage of child bride sacked

A Melbourne Muslim cleric accused of performing the forced marriage of a child bride has been sacked.

Imam Ibrahim Omerdic, 61, is charged with conduct that caused a minor to enter into a forced marriage at Noble Park on September 29 last year.

Omerdic, imam of the Bosnian Islamic Society and Noble Park mosque, was stood down after his November arrest, according to a statement from the Islamic Council of Victoria on Monday.

He was later sacked after an internal investigation and a new imam appointed, the statement said.

“Mr Omerdic is no longer the imam of the Noble Park mosque and has no role with the society,” it said. “Further, Mr Omerdic’s marriage celebrant licence has been revoked.” [The Guardian] Read more