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Summary

  1. Man, 21, guilty of the 'black magic' murder Rochdale imam Jalal Uddin
  2. Getaway driver Mohammed Hussain Syeedy complicit in 'brutal and horrific' attack, jury finds
  3. The former Manchester United steward must serve at least 24 years in jail
  4. In other news: George Osborne to fight for Northern Powerhouse
  5. Updates from Friday 16 September

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  9. Jalal Uddin murder: Man guilty over imam death

    A man has been found guilty of murdering an imam he believed was performing "black magic".

    Mohammed Hussain Syeed

    Jalal Uddin died after suffering head injuries in an attack in a Rochdale children's play area in February.

    Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 21, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, drove the man said to have killed the 71-year-old - Mohammed Kadir - to the park before the attack.

    Manchester Crown Court heard he hated the imam's practices. He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years. 

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  11. Jalal Uddin murder: Who was the imam's alleged attacker?

    Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, who has been jailed for life for murdering Jalal Uddin, did not strike the fatal blow, but was the getaway driver for the man, Mohammed Abdul Kadir, who allegedly attacked him. 

    Syeedy worked with Mr Kadir at Harry's Chicken and Pizza takeaway in Rochdale and the prosecution said the pair targeted Mr Uddin because they considered his form of healing, which involved the use of amulets, as "black magic".

    The prosecution claims the pair were supporters of so-called Islamic State, which punishes such beliefs with execution.

    Days after the attack, Mr Kadir took a flight to Copenhagen and then on to Turkey and it is believed he may have travelled to Syria.

    After four hours of deliberations Syeedy was guilty of murder after the jury decided he was involved in the plot.

    He must serve a minimum of 24 years.

  12. Jalal Uddin murder: Imam was 'gentle man' killed for his beliefs, judge says

    Sentencing Mohammed Hussain Syeedy to life in prison, the judge Sir David Maddison said imam Jalal Uddin had been a "gentle, well-respected man" who was attacked and "brutally" killed because of his spiritual healing. 

    He told Syeedy: "You and your co-offender saw the practice as a form of black magic that could not be tolerated within Islam."

    Earlier, Syeedy had put his hands to his face in shock and shook his head several times as he was found guilty of the murder of the imam.

    The jury took about four hours to return the guilty verdict.

  13. Jalal Uddin: Murder over use of taweez 'grave misunderstanding of the faith'

    Imam Irfan Chishti, from Rochdale Council of Mosques,

    Imam Irfan Chishti, from the Rochdale Council of Mosques, has said using Jalal Uddin's practice of taweez as a motive to murder him "because [his killers] felt that this was an obligation religiously is a very, very grave misunderstanding of the faith". 

    "It is unfortunate that nobody was able to get to them at that early stage when they were beginning to question these practices," he said of Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, who has been jailed for his part in Mr Uddin's murder, and Mohammed Abdul Kadir, who is alleged to have struck the fatal blow.

    "Sometimes it is as simple as putting in a seed of doubt," the imam said.

  14. Jalal Uddin murder: What is taweez?

    Manchester Crown Court heard imam Jalal Uddin was murdered for his use of taweez, a form of spiritual healing that most Muslims regard as acceptable, but others regard as black magic.

    Taweez amulet
    Image caption: A taweez amulet

    Taweez (ruqyah in Arabic) is an Urdu term that means taking protection - it is unanimously agreed by Islamic scholars that Muslims should say certain Koranic verses, or other prayers used by the Prophet Muhammad, when they seek help for problems or illnesses.

    Taweez involves a so-called magic formula being written on a piece of paper which is then folded or rolled before being placed in a small box.

    The taweez is then kept with the person who requested it.

    According to Professor of Arabic Studies Robert Gleave, people who follow a trend known as Salafism (which includes so-called Islamic State supporters) believe that those who prepare a taweez amulet "have committed a sin but someone who continuously practises has moved into the area of unbelief".

  15. Jalal Uddin murder: Convicted man tried to get imam deported

    Manchester Crown Court heard that before Syeedy took part in the plot to kill imam Jalal Uddin, he agreed to a plan with friends to have the imam deported.

    Jalal Uddin

    The jury heard the 71-year-old had overstayed his visa and Syeedy was told to "keep an eye" on him. 

    Mr Uddin, who came to the UK from Bangladesh to work as an imam in 2002, had been staying with different members of the community who were happy to support him because of his Koran reader status. 

    The court heard that immigration services told the plotters a photograph and an address were needed before an investigation could take place - and Mr Uddin never lived in one place for long.

    Syeedy then decided to try and expose Mr Uddin's practices, telling the court he and his friends "make the community aware".

    When that failed, Mr Kadir allegedly entered the park in a bid to dupe him into giving a taweez, which could then be presented to the mosque committee.

    Mr Uddin was dealt at least five blows when he was bludgeoned in the face with what is believed to have been a hammer in the park.

  16. Jalal Uddin: Rochdale Council of Mosques condemns murder

    Tahir Mahmood, chairman of the Rochdale Council of Mosques, has issued a statement, condemning the murder of Jalal Uddin.

    He said:

    Quote Message: First and foremost, this trial was about the brutal and senseless killing of a defenceless man, Qari Jalal Uddin.
    Quote Message: Our thoughts today and those of everybody associated with the Rochdale Council of Mosques lies with his family - they have shown great dignity and strength during the proceedings, and our prayers are with them.
    Quote Message: We also pray that others involved in Mr Uddin’s death can be brought to justice so that the family can have some form of closure.
    Quote Message: The Rochdale Council of Mosques remains resolute in our opposition to hatred and extremism, and committed to working with our partners to provide the support necessary to challenge those who seek to divide us.
  17. Jalal Uddin: Man jailed for life for imam murder

    A man has been jailed for life for murdering an imam he believed was performing "black magic".

    Jalal Uddin

    Jalal Uddin died after suffering head injuries in an attack in a Rochdale children's play area on 18 February. 

    Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 21, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, drove the man said to have killed the 71-year-old - Mohammed Kadir - to the park before the attack.

    Manchester Crown Court heard he hated the imam's practices. He was jailed for a minimum term of 24 years.

    High Court judge Sir David Maddison told Syeedy "you stalked him" and "the intention was to cause extreme, grave and permanently disabling harm".

  18. BreakingJalal Uddin: Mohammed Syeedy jailed for 'at least 24 years'

    Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 21, has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 24 years for the murder of imam Jalal Uddin in Rochdale.

    BBC News: Man found guilty of imam murder

  19. Jalal Uddin murder: Syeedy used charity work to cover extremist sympathies

    The jury at the trial of Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, who has been convicted of the murder of imam Jalal Uddin, heard how he undertook "tireless" charity work to mask his extremist sympathies.

    Mohammed Hussain Syeedy

    Numerous friends and associates spoke at his trial about him being a kind and selfless humanitarian - "like a teddy bear - you just want to hug him, he is such a nice guy".

    However, when police searched his Rochdale home they discovered jihadist images showing Syeedy holding the flag of so-called Islamic State, wearing IS patches and raising index-finger salutes, commonly used by the terror group.

    The prosecution said his interest in IS drove him to becoming an "integral part" of the plan to murder Mr Uddin, 71, by driving Mohammed Kadir to the park where he bludgeoned Mr Uddin to death on 18 February.