June 27, 2010, 1:57 pm | CNN-IBN INDIA
Mumbai: Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is getting set to legally challenge his visa ban by the UK home secretary Theresa May. Zakir Naik's 5 year visa granted to him in July 2008 was revoked less than 12 hours before he was to fly to the UK and now Canada too has followed suit. Zakir Naik said, “They have arbitrarily revoked it.. it's inhuman and unethical...and I will challenge it. Official communication from the UK home department says: "The Secretary of State has decided to exclude you from the UK for engaging in unacceptable behaviour by making statements that attempt to justify terrorists and fostering hatred. There is no right to appeal against this decision "
June 19, 2010, 10:51 am | Reuters WORLD
London: Britain on Friday banned from entering the country an Indian preacher who has expressed radical views about Islam, including some that appear to justify acts of terrorism. Conservative Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said she had barred Zakir Naik, a 44-year-old television preacher based in Mumbai, for inflammatory remarks he was known to have made in the past. Naik had been due to give a series of lectures in London and the city of Sheffield in northern England. "Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour," May said in a statement, without elaborating. The Daily Telegraph on Friday reported Interior Ministry sources saying that 2006 website footage had
June 18, 2010, 3:56 pm | IANS WORLD
London: Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik who claimed "every Muslim should be terrorist" has been banned from entering Britain, The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday. Naik, 44-year-old tele-evangelist, was due to deliver a series of lectures in Wembley Arena and Sheffield. Britain's new Home Secretary Theresa May said she was banning Naik from entering the country as the "numerous comments" he made were evidence of his "unacceptable behaviour". "Coming to the UK is a privilege not a right and I am not wiling to allow those who might not be conducive to the public good to enter the UK," May told The Daily Telegraph. "Exclusion powers are very serious and no decision is taken lightly or