Ban was correct for Islamic talk

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AN ISLAMIC preacher who had been due to address crowds at venues including Sheffield Arena last year was rightly banned from Britain after telling his followers “every Muslim should be a terrorist”, top judges have ruled.

In a victory for Home Secretary Theresa May, the Appeal Court yesterday backed her decision that Dr Zakir Naik’s controversial utterances meant his presence in the UK would not be “conducive to the public good”.

Dr Naik’s lawyers claimed he was committed to peace and the travel ban amounted to a violation of Article 10 of the Human Rights Convention by impeding his freedom of speech.

The 46-year-old Indian is chairman of the UK-based Islamic Research Foundation.