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10 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I August 2009
BBC apology and £45k
damages to Muslim leader
The BBC has apologised and paid He further suggested
£45,000 in damages to the secretary that the leadership of
general of the Muslim Council of the MCB believes the
Britain over comments made about kidnapping and killing
him by former Daily Telegraph editor of British soldiers to
Charles Moore on Question Time. be a good and Islamic
The BBC issued its apology to Dr thing.
Muhammad Abdul Bari at the high Although Bari was
court in London this morning and not mentioned by name,
agreed to pay damages and legal his lawyers Carter Ruck
costs. argued that by talking
The court heard that during the about the “leadership”
BBC1 Question Time programme of the MCB, Moore
on 12 March a member of the public had libelled Bari in his
asked the panel: “Should these capacity as leader and
protests we saw last week when the chief spokesperson of
Royal Anglia Regiment came to Luton the MCB.
be banned?”. His solicitor Adam
It was a reference to protests Tudor said in court
“In fact in 2007 the claimant said
organised by a group of Muslims today: “My Lord, I am pleased to say
publicly that the killing of British troops
targeting the British troops. that the defendant accepts that these
in Iraq was unacceptable.”
In response to the question, allegations about the claimant are
Bari has said he will pay the
Moore suggested that despite having untrue.
damages to charity.
been asked many times to condemn “The claimant does not condone
The BBC said that it “apologises
the kidnapping and killing of British the kidnapping and killing of British
unreservedly to the claimant for the
soldiers, the Muslim Council of Britain soldiers and does not believe this
allegations broadcast on Question
had failed to do so and so implicitly would be a good or Islamic thing to
Time and is pleased to set the record
condoned such acts. do.
straight”.
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