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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 14:21 GMT 15:21 UK


World: Europe

Imam won't be deported


A Muslim cleric has won an appeal against deportation from Britain.

Shafiq ur Rehman, who's an imam in Oldham in north-west England, had been accused by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, of recruiting British Muslims to fight against Indian rule in Kashmir.

Mr Straw described Mr Rehaman as a threat to national security.

But -- hearing its first case -- a Special Immigration Appeals Commission said it was not satisfied that the government had proved this. The commission was set up to adjudicate on deportation orders on national security.

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