November 2, 2010
The imam of Cunit (Tarragona) has been condemned to one year imprisonment for harassing Fatima G, an intercultural mediator that works for the local government. During the trial it was discovered that the reasons that moved the threats were more economic than religious. According to police sources, in the mosque had been a business related with the regularization of papers to immigrants from Morocco. This business waned with the intervention of the intercultural mediator, who performed the same service for free from the city council.
The trial against a Muslim imam, his wife, and his daughter in Cunit (in the province of Tarragona) has begun. Fatima Ghailan, a cultural mediator in the town, sued the imam and his family. Ghailan accused them of harassment, threats, libel, and slander.
Mohamed B, the imam of the city of Cunit, Tarragona, is accused of harassing Fatima G. and trying to convince her to leave her job as an intercultural mediator. Fatima G was born in Morocco and currently works as an intercultural mediator for the local government of Cunit. She declared that the imam and his family are promoting a movement against her person within the Muslim community because she doesn’t wear a hijab. Fatima also accused the Mayor of the village of allowing the persecution she is allegedly suffering to continue.
The public is greatly divided on the issue and there are many contradictory reports in the media. Some reports link the incident with the Salafi presence in Tarragona while others tie the case to the imam’s personal economical interests instead of religious issues.