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Concerns over number of innocent Muslims detained at Glasgow Airport

03.05.06

Senior members of Scotland's Muslim community last night revealed that they had approached the chief constable of Strathclyde Police to complain about the number of innocent Muslims being detained at Glasgow Airport.

Ashraf Anjum, president of the Glasgow Central Mosque, the largest in Scotland, said he had personally raised the issue with Sir Willie Rae last month in response to a growing number of incidents being reported to him. He said that, in one case, Glasgow-based Muslims who sit on the mosque's executive committee were stopped after returning from a charity event in Pakistan involving the city's Labour MP Mohammad Sarwar.

The group, which included an imam from another Glasgow mosque and a businessman, were singled out from other passengers and questioned about where they had been and who they had associated with. They were detained for around an hour and then released without charge.

In another example, Anjum's son was detained at an airport and asked about why he had previously visited Egypt. He explained to the officers that he had gone there on honeymoon.

The latest examples come in the wake of a major anti-terrorism operation in Scotland, which led to the arrest of a man under the Terrorism Act 2000. He was stopped at Glasgow Airport after returning to Scotland from Pakistan. It also follows a newspaper investigation which revealed last year that Special Branch officers were targeting Scots-based Muslims from Afghanistan at Glasgow Airport.

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