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Politiet etterforsker nå uttalelser om homofile som Sir Iqbal Sacranie, leder av Muslim Council of Britain, kom med i et intervju med BBC.

Interviewed on BBC Radio Four’s PM programme on Jan 3, Sir Iqbal said: «If you look into the scientific evidence that has been available in terms of the various forms of other illnesses and diseases that are there, surely it points out that, where homosexuality is practised, there is a greater concern in that area.»

Asked if homosexuality was harmful to society, he said: «Certainly it is a practice that doesn’t, in terms of health, in terms of the moral issues that comes along in a society – it is. It is not acceptable.»

Peter Rippon, the programme’s editor, was telephoned by an officer at West End Central police station in London yesterday, who said that he was investigating a homophobic incident under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

Muslim leader faces police questioning about ‘homophobic’ remarks