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Indian cleric deported from Singapore for insulting Jews, Christians

Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel (L), 47, arrives with his lawyer Noor Marican (R) at the State court Monday. Photograph: (AFP)

AFP Singapore Apr 03, 2017, 11.03 PM (IST)

An Indian Islamic teacher was deported by Singapore Monday for insulting Jews and Christians.

Singapore's interior ministry said Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel would be sent back to India for promoting enmity between different religious groups.

The imam, or Muslim religious teacher, had recited a supplication in Arabic during a prayer session at a mosque in January, which translated as "Grant us help against the Jews and Christians", court documents showed.

A video of his remarks was uploaded by another person on Facebook in February, triggering a police investigation and the filing of charges.

"Recent events abroad have highlighted how the build-up of anger and resentment among different religious groups can lead to social friction and violence," the ministry said.

"The government has the responsibility to act quickly and firmly to repudiate divisive speech, even if the course of action is sometimes difficult."

Nalla was fined Sg$4,000 ($2,860), but was spared further punishment for showing "strong sense of remorse".

THe 47-yearold cleric has apologised to different religious leaders and even visited a Jewish rabbi to offer his personal regrets.

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore said in a statement that Nalla's supplication "is not from the Quran and does not constitute part of the divine message".

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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