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Islamic Foundation forced out from Prague centre

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Prague, Sept 26 (CTK) – The Islamic Foundation was given notice from its prayer-house in the Jiri Grossmann’s Passage in the Prague centre, Lenka Ahmed Balicka, from the Muslim Community in Prague, told CTK Sunday.
The decision was not motivated by Islam, but by the new owner’s plan to use the house for a different purpose, Balicka said.
Last April, the police unit fighting organised crime raided the premises of the Islamic Foundation.
After the raid, the police accused former chairman of the Prague Muslim community Vladimir Sanka of supporting the movement that suppresses human rights and freedoms over having spread a radical Islam book.
The raid, held briefly before the vital Friday prayer, was criticised by Muslims. Diplomats from Muslim countries complained about it.
However, after checking the case, the Interior Ministry said the raid had been in order.
The Muslim Communities Centre still demands in court that the part of the raid that disturbed the regular prayer be declared illegal.
“All the building where the passage is situated now has a new owner who wants to build a hotel in it,” Sanka said.
“All the tenants were given a three-month notice valid since July. As a result, all of them will move out, including the prayer-house,” Sanka said.
The Muslims can now use a different prayer-house, situated a few metres from there in the Opletalova Street, operated by the Muslim communities.
“All the mosques are for all Muslims, this is not limited in any way,” Balicka said.

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