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mosoue leaders face kid assault charges; Brothers claim teachers hit them.

Byline: Ashlie McAnally

TWO teenage brothers told yesterday how leaders at a mosque beat them for misbehaving.

Adeel and Haroon Ahmed made the claims at Glasgow Sheriff Court as two teachers faced charges of hitting children during religious classes.

Shabir Rabbani, 59, and Riffat Shabbani, 51, from Pollokshields, Glasgow, face a total of 25 charges of assault at the city's Zia-ul-Quran mosque between December 2002 and February 2011.

Adeel Ahmed, 16, said he was hit "once or twice a month" for misbehaving.

He said: "I would misbehave during prayer as well and would be hit after."

His brother Haroon, 19, who left the mosque in Kenmure Street, Glasgow, a number of years ago, told the court that if pupils didn't follow rules, they would be told off.

In a police statement, he said that Rabbani slapped him.

He told the officers: "He would slap me to either the back of the head or front of the face. They were sore.

"He would do it when he was angry. This continued through the whole two years I went to his class.

"I can't tell you how many times I was slapped by him, it was far too many to remember."

But when asked in court about what he told the police, he said a lot of it was "ridiculously exaggerated".

He said: "I wanted to give the police what they wanted to hear. I was scared."

Both accused deny charges and the trial continues.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 10, 2013
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