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HSBC denies targeting Muslims with account closures

A London mosque, a relief charity and a Muslim activist have all reported being given notice that their accounts with HSBC are to be closed.

The bank says it does not discuss relationships with customers but says decisions about its business "are absolutely not based on the race or religion of a customer".

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Muslim activist angry after HSBC account closure

A prominent Muslim activist has spoken of his anger after he was told that his bank account is to be closed by HSBC.

Anas Altikriti helped secure the release of British peace campaigner Norman Kember in Iraq. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Anas Altikriti, chief executive of the think tank the Cordoba Foundation, said he had met with a "wall of silence" from HSBC over its decision to close his account and those of his wife and two sons aged 16 and 12 years old.

The Cordoba Foundation, along with Finsbury Park Mosque in north London and the Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) have also been told their accounts are to be closed by the bank.

Mr Altikriti, 45, who was born in Baghdad and came to Britain as a young child, said he opened an account with the Midland Bank - now part of HSBC - as a teenager with just a £10 note nearly 30 years ago.

"I am angered because of the wall of silence and the tone of the letter. It is difficult to take as I regard myself as a law abiding citizen who tries to make things better in conflicts around the world and tries to promote peace and dialogue," he said.

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