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“Following Mr Justice Haddon-Cave’s judgement against Imam Shakeel Begg in his libel suit against the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), we the Trustees of The Lewisham Islamic Centre (LIC) confirm our unequivocal and unwavering continued support of our Head Imam. We reassert that Imam Begg is not an extremist, has never espoused extremist views, nor is he by any stretch of the imagination an extremist speaker. Imam Begg will shortly release a personal statement countering what in our opinion was an unfair and pervasively one sided judgement.
Imam Begg has been the Imam at the LIC for more than 15 years and remains one of the most cherished and beloved members of the London borough of Lewisham Muslim community, just as much as he is respected and held in high regard within other religious and non-religious institutions in the borough and beyond. His efforts within the borough promoting unity, tolerance, cooperation and peaceful co-existence between different faith groups and with the wider community are well documented and easily accessible . . . ” click here

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