Judge rules that two Muslim teachers were treated unfairly
Lifetime bans imposed on Inamulhaq Anwar, above, and Akeel Ahmed following the “Trojan Horse” inquiry have been quashed.
The pair were banned from teaching in February after it was alleged that the teachers at Park View secondary school in Birmingham had imposed:
An undue amount of religious influence in pupils’ education.
A High Court judge – Mr Justice Stephen Phillips – voiced “considerable doubt” about the fairness of the original hearing and ruled they were treated unfairly.
The February bans came after a panel concluded pupils had been “immersed in orthodox Islamic doctrine” through measures including the use of the school loudspeaker system to broadcast a daily call-to-prayer to Park View’s pupils.
The judge allowed the teachers’ appeal because of the failure to disclose or order disclosure of key evidence to the men’s lawyers.
A Department for Education spokesman said they were “disappointed” with the judgement and were considering options.
In light of the fact that the judge has found against us on a technical, procedural point, we intend to ask for a re-hearing.
The “Trojan Horse” inquiry centred around anonymous allegations which claimed there was a plot by Islamist hard-liners to take control of several Birmingham schools.
The allegations sparked investigations by several agencies, including the Department for Education and Ofsted. Park View Academy was among the schools placed in special measures.
The school has since been renamed Rockwood Academy.
Meanwhile, it is reported from Pakistan that the Supreme Court today delayed a final appeal in the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who has been on death row since 2010. The court, which was expected to quash her blasphemy conviction, did not immediately set a new date for the appeal.
The appeal was postponed after one of the judges stepped down.
Thousands of security troops had been deployed in the capital, Islamabad, but the threat of violence was largely abated when one of the three-judge bench, Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman, told the court he had to recuse himself from the case.
Hat Tip: BarrieJohn (“Trojan Horse” report)