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Children taken to meet Islamic preacher who had 'promoted and encouraged religious violence'
by Robert Mendick
A primary school took children on a trip to meet an Islamic preacher, just months after the High Court ruled the imam an 'extremist' who had 'promoted and encouraged religious violence'.
The visits by state school students, aged eight and nine, to meet Shakeel Begg, the imam at the mosque attended by the killers of Lee Rigby, has provoked widespread outrage.
Mr Begg, chief imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre, was described in a High Court judgment at the end of October as a "Jekyll and Hyde character". Mr Justice Haddon-Cave also warned that Mr Begg's role as imam put him in a position to "plant the seed of Islamic extremism in a young mind".
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