Minhaj-ul-Quran international UK - Statement regarding Mr Abbasi
Minhaj-ul-Quran has very stringent policies relating to such cases and we take each case seriously. As soon as we received a complaint relating to Mr Abbasi and came to know of pending court proceedings we immediately set-up an internal investigation team.
Understanding the nature of complaint and case, the investigation team decided to immediately suspend Mr Abbasi in January 2015, pending the court case.
We now come to know through our local representatives and through a report published by Manchester Evening News that Mr Haroon Abbasi has been sentenced 12-month community order after being found guilty of sexual assault during a hearing at Manchester magistrates’ court.
Now that Mr Abbasi has been found guilty and sentence has been issued, we have immediately dismissed him from any employment with Minhaj-ul-Quran.
Furthermore we have been very supportive of the victim who is a member of Minhaj-ul-Quran and she is welcome to attend the mosque as normal, along with any other activities Minhaj-ul-Quran holds.
MQI takes the safety of its users very seriously and will take any steps necessary to protect the interests of the users of our facilities.