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Finsbury Park terror attack: Muslim Welfare House imam praised by high court judge

PUBLISHED: 15:52 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:46 02 February 2018

File photo dated 21/06/2017 of the Prince of Wales (right) with Imam Mohammed Mahmoud during a visit to Muslim Welfare House in north London. Darren Osborne, of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff, was found  guilty of murder and attempted murder  at Woolwich Crown Court today, after he deliberately ploughed his rental van into a group of Muslims worshippers outside two mosques, killing Makram Ali, 51, at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Whadcoat Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 1, 2018. See PA story COURTS Finsbury. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

File photo dated 21/06/2017 of the Prince of Wales (right) with Imam Mohammed Mahmoud during a visit to Muslim Welfare House in north London. Darren Osborne, of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff, was found guilty of murder and attempted murder at Woolwich Crown Court today, after he deliberately ploughed his rental van into a group of Muslims worshippers outside two mosques, killing Makram Ali, 51, at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Whadcoat Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 1, 2018. See PA story COURTS Finsbury. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

An imam who urged an angry crowd not to harm Finsbury Park attacker Darren Osborne has been praised by a High Court judge for choosing “to respond to evil with good”.

Mohammed Mahmoud, of the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road, protected Osborne when he was wrestled to the ground in the aftermath of his murderous rampage.

He told bystanders, who were throwing punches at Osborne, to hand him “unscathed” to the police.

After sentencing the attacker to life imprisonment with a minimum of 43 years, Justice Cheema-Grubb told Woolwich Crown Court Mr Mahmoud acted with “true leadership”.

She said: “His behaviour throws into sharp relief the bile spewed out online from those who aspire to lead the haters.

“He had the strength of character to do the right thing under pressure. He chose to respond to evil with good.”

“His response should be everyone’s response, whether it is to the evil of child grooming and abuse in Rochdale or the evil of terrorist atrocities in our cities.”

Reporting by Press Association.

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