The third day of the LGBT-lessons-row high court hearing has seen the lead protester accused of “inflaming tensions” by inviting a controversial imam to join the demonstrations outside Birmingham’s Anderton Park primary school.
The hearing will rule on whether a currently-in-place temporary exclusion order banning protests around the school should be made permanent.
When questioned by Jonathan Manning QC, representing Birmingham City Council, Shakeel Afsar denied inviting West Yorkshire-based imam Mullah Bahm to the largest of the protests, a gathering of more than 300 people, including young children, which took place on 24 May.
Mr Afsar also said that he had no idea Bahm intended to make a controversial speech at the protest - in which he claimed that anal sex, paedophilia and transgenderism were being taught in schools - and that he did not “endorse” the imam’s words.
The court was later shown a video of Mr Afsar introducing the imam at the protest, briefly holding the microphone as he spoke and clapping as Bahm finished his speech.
The hearing continues.
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