An imam at a Coventry mosque has been arrested over allegations of child abuse.The 45-year-old, who is based at the Islamic Brotherhood Coventry, at the Noorul Islam Jamia Mosque in Eagle Street, was detained by police on suspicion of wilfully ill-treating a child.
Hen was arrested last week after CCTV footage was provided to them which allegedly shows the imam striking a child.A spokesman for the mosque said they are co-operating fully with West Midlands Police.
The imam has been bailed with conditions to stay away from children as the investigation continues. Shabbir Ahmed, treasurer and spokesman for the executive management committee of Islamic Brotherhood Coventry, said: “We are aware that police are investigating an alleged incident.“
Police had the CCTV footage and are pursuing their inquiries, and the imam is on police bail.”We and the imam are fully co-operating with the police investigation or any concerns they have about the incident.“Police may have concerns but we did not receive any complaints thus far from parents or the children.
A statement from West Midlands Police said: “A 45-year-old man from Foleshill has been arrested on suspicion of wilfully ill-treating a child under the age of 16.“He has been bailed pending further inquiries until a date in January with strict conditions not to have any contact with children under the age of 18.”