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London imam sues BBC for libel after being called an 'extremist'
A London imam has sued the BBC for libel over a broadcast which he says meant he was a member of a "rogue's gallery of extremists".
Shakeel Begg, chief imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre, has complained about a short segment of an interview on the Sunday Politics show in November 2013 featuring presenter Andrew Neil and Farooq Murad, then head of the Muslim Council of Britain.
Mr Neil identified the East London Mosque in Whitechapel as a venue for a number of extremist speakers, and speakers who espoused extremist positions, and said that Mr Begg had spoken there that year and hailed jihad as "the greatest of deeds".
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