LONDON, June 18 Britain has banned a radical Indian preacher who advocated that “every Muslim should be a terrorist” from entering the country, a paper reported on Friday, citing the interior minister.
Zakir Naik, a 44-year-old television preacher, had been due to give a series of lectures in London and northern England, but new Home Secretary Theresa May decided to bar him, said the Daily Telegraph.
“I have excluded Dr Naik from the UK,” said Ms May, cited by the paper.
“Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour. “Coming to the UK is a privilege, and not a right, and I am not willing to allow those who might not be conducive to the public good to enter the UK.”
Theresa May, a Conservative politician who became home secretary in the new government last month, has the power to exclude or deport an individual if she believes their presence in Britain could be dangerous.
Naik had been filmed on a website making inflammatory comments, interior ministry sources told the newspaper.—AFP