Anti-extremist group wins £2.6m in settlement

One of Britain’s leading organisations fighting Islamist extremism has been paid $3.38 million (£2.6 million) and issued with a public apology after it reached a settlement with an American human rights group that accused its founder of being anti-Muslim.

Maajid Nawaz — who founded the counter-extremism body Quilliam a year after the 7/7 bombings — had been placed on a list of “enemies of Islam” by the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), a left-wing civil rights campaign group. When the SPLC refused to remove Nawaz from the list Quilliam threatened to take legal action.

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