Fire attack on Islamic charity
Two Glaswegians have appeared in court charged in connection with a fire at Islamic Relief’s charity headquarters in Glasgow.
Mark Bining, 34, and Stuart Rose, 25, were in the dock at Glasgow Sheriff Court on July 9 on one charge of wilful fire-raising. Neither made a plea or declaration and were released on bail.
The fire broke out at the shop in Albert Drive, Pollokshields, in the early hours of July 2. The attack follows a series of threats on the Charity since its involvement in helping the relief effort in Gaza during the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.
A charity worker was working inside the building when he smelt smoke. He called the police and the fire department. The blaze was put out and review of the CCTV footage showed two suspects.
Head of Islamic Relief Scotland, Habib Malik, told The Muslim News he did not wish to speculate about the motives until after the court case, however he confirmed that he “received a couple of anonymous phone calls during our Gaza appeal, and they said they’d bomb the centre.
“The attack has not damaged community cohesion, if anything it’s strengthened it. We’ve had members of the community coming in and voicing their concern and disgust.”
The fire has resulted in £80,000 worth of damage on the building of the shop itself and further costs due to the destruction of stock within
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