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Australia's Top Muslim Cleric Suspended


http://gdb.rferl.org/BB661D26-46ED-4C25-B506-3128092DC54B_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/BB661D26-46ED-4C25-B506-3128092DC54B_mw800_mh600.jpg Sheik Taj El-Din Hamid Hilaly leaving his mosque today (epa) October 27, 2006 -- Australia's top Muslim cleric has been suspended from preaching for three months.


Sheik Taj El-Din Hamid Hilaly sparked outrage when he described women who do not dress modestly as "uncovered meat."


Prime Minister John Howard said today the suspension by the Australian Lebanese Association -- which owns the Sydney mosque where Hilaly is mufti -- was not enough.


Hilaly has apologized for his comments.


(Reuters)

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