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Australia's Top Muslim Cleric Suspended

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.


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