An Islamic centre in the UK has agreed to pay compensation to an Egyptian sheikh who lost his sight in an attack on the premises.
The Central Islamic Centre in the UK has agreed to pay £400,000 (LE4 million) in compensation to Sheikh Mohammad El-Salamouny, an Egyptian imam, for the loss of his sight in 2007.
Sheikh El-Salamouny was subject to an attack inside the Centre’s mosque, which is one of the biggest in the UK.
El-Salamouny, 61, was injured when an intruder scaled the mosque’s wall and rammed his fingers into the imam's eyes.
He held the Saudi management of the CIC responsible for the attack, and after six years of negotiations, it admitted liability.
In 2008, a UK court found the attacker, Brian Donegan, not guilty by reason of insanity. He was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.