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Sacked imam wins 17,500 payout
An imam who claimed he was unfairly dismissed from a Newcastle mosque has won an 17,500 settlement.

Hamidur Rahman took the Shahjalal Mosque in Sceptre Street, Elswick, to an employment tribunal after he was sacked for misconduct in July 2006.

Lawyers believe it is the first time an imam has successfully claimed against a mosque in the UK.

It was alleged Mr Rahman, 52, took an unagreed holiday and carried out private work in conflict with his job.

The tribunal heard Mr Rahman charged a fee for providing a hotline for blessings, spiritual healing and exorcisms on his mobile phone.

Mr Rahman, of Kingsley Terrace, Elswick, said: "I am happy with the law in this country.

"I would like to thank those who were there with me in difficult times from the bottom of my heart."

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