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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 13:50 GMT 14:50 UK


World: Europe

Imam may have to go


A Muslim cleric based in north-west England will learn today whether he's to be deported from Britain under new national security procedures.

Shafiq ur-Rehman, who is an imam in Oldham near Manchester, is accused by the Home Secretary of recruiting and training British Muslims to fight against Indian rule in Kashmir.

He was questioned by police and the security service at Manchester Airport after returning from a conference in Pakistan.

They say he had details of weapons on him and was linked to buying them for a Kashmiri movement.

The BBC Home Affairs correspondent says the security service MI5 has admittted trying to recruit Mr Rahman as an informer against Islamic fundamentalists.

Our correspondent says this has caused alarm among British Muslims who believe informers may already be working for the authorities.

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