One of the country's biggest banks has been criticised after a London mosque and other Muslim organisations had their accounts closed.Read the full story ›
A letter seen by ITV News shows that HSBC has given notice that it will close the bank account of Finsbury Park mosque because it "now falls outside of our risk appetite".
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It is shocking, unbelievable. To send us a letter without any notice. We don't understand why they have taken this action and we are not going to be quiet. It is disgraceful. As a community organisation we are doing a good job between the communities. We have worked hard since we took over from Abu Hamza. We have changed the mosque from an atmosphere of hostility to a cohesive atmosphere. The most is open to everybody. We don't receive money from abroad, we don't send any money abroad. Our reputation and credibility is on the line now.
- Finsbury Park mosque is thought to be one of a number of muslim organisations affected
- The mosque became notorious in the 1990s as the headquarters of the radical preacher Abu Hamza
- Mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar told ITV News he was shocked to receive a letter from HSBC saying the the account would be closed next month
The chairman of a north London mosque has launched a bitter attack on banking giant HSBC after its account was suddenly closed. Finsbury Park mosque is thought to be one of a number of muslim organisations affected.
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