Defence Force Imam resigns in wake of Bernardi's call for sacking

July 03, 2017

Personnel Minister Dan Tehan has announced the Defence Force imam's resignation, soon after Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi confronted the Defence Minister in question time about the imam's apparent support with radical Islam. 

coryimam.jpgSheikh Saleem, having previously added his name to a petition in support of Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir - a group banned in Germany, The Netherlands, Russia and even several Muslim-majority nations including Indonesia and Saudi Arabia - had attracted dissent from many, including former Army Officer and Iraq War veteran Bernard Gaynor and most notably Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, whose recent calls for the sacking of the radical imam align closely with his eventual resignation.

Tehan's media statement announcing the resignation on June 23rd 2017 states acceptance of resignation of Sheik Saleem from the Religious Advisory Committee and concludes simply by saying "The Government acknowledges Sheik Saleem's contributions to the RACS on behalf of the community.".

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