An Indian Imam in Singapore, who was fined nearly $3,000 for making divisive remarks against Christians and Jews during his Friday sermon at a mosque, was on Thursday expelled from the country.
Singapore’s home ministry had said Imam Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel would be repatriated after he had paid the fine and pleaded guilty at a State Court for offending Christians and Jews during a Friday prayer at a local mosque.
Asked about the 46-year-old Imam’s repatriation, a police spokesman referred to the MHA’s April 3 statement, announcing the repatriation decision.
The Imam was repatriated to India on Thursday, a source said.
The cleric had spent last few days in Singapore apologising to heads of religious groups for his remarks and met Singapore home affairs and law minister K Shanmugam on Wednesday.
A diplomatic source said multi-racial Singapore takes very serious view on matters relating to religion, but the Imam was treated with respect as he was remorseful and admitted the wrongful remarks, said the source.
“I thought it would be good to meet and tell the Imam that I appreciated the sincerity with which he had shown his remorse,” Shanmugam said as he explained why he accepted the invitation to meet the Imam.
The meeting came two days after the State Courts on Monday fined Nalla for committing an act he knew was prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between religious groups and which was likely to disturb public tranquillity.
Singapore had ordered the expulsion of Nalla after he was handed a fine of 4,000 Singapore dollars (nearly $3,000) by a court in Singapore for making divisive remarks.