Mark Dunn

Bin Laden backer blasted


On the defensive...Australia's new Mufti, Sheik Fehmi Naji el-Imam refuses
to accept Osama bin Laden was responsible for the September 11 attacks on
the US. / The Daily Telegraph

Source: http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21891258-5001021,00.html?from=public_rss

Bin Laden backer blasted

By Mark Dunn and Evelyn Yamine

June 12, 2007 03:01pm

THE refusal by Australia's new Mufti to accept Osama bin Laden was responsible for the September 11 attacks has sparked a mass brawl online.

In his first day in the job, the cleric Sheik Fehmi Naji el-Imam stuck by his long-standing view questioning whether bin Laden was behind the 2001 attacks.

"What evidence?" he said when asked if he now accepted bin Laden's role in the atrocity.

Two years ago, when asked the same question, he said: "How would I know? He's unable to be found."

More than one hundred outraged readers have written to this website to protest - while others are backing his call.