Swedish Islamic school closed over radicalization fears


Swedish Islamic school closed over radicalization fears

A leading Islamic school in Sweden accused of appointing teachers who had recently returned from fighting for ISIS abroad has been shut down amid fears students were at risk of being radicalized.

Abdel Nasser El Nadi, former principal of Vetenskapsskolan school in Gothenburg, was allegedly involved in transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars to bank accounts abroad.

El Nadi was arrested in May by Swedish police along with four other clerics who were considered security threats. A new administration took over and changed its name to the Sapphire School but officials said problems persisted.

El Nadi was born in Egypt but has lived in Sweden since 1992 and has twice had Swedish citizenship applications turned down.

It was found that the 450 pupils at the school were still at risk of being “subjected to radicalization and recruitment to environments that accept violence or serious crime as a method of political change”.

It was claimed that one member of the school’s new board had shared ISIS propaganda online. “Because there are links to previous owners who are deemed to be a threat to the security of the state, the Swedish School Inspectorate assesses that there is a serious risk to the school’s students,” the decision to close the school read. The school is expected to appeal against the decision. Last month calls for it to be closed began to grow.

Source: The National

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