Via Al Arabia (h/t Women Against Shariah):
Spanish authorities closed a mosque in the island of Ibiza and arrested its imam after charging him with beating several Muslim students in the mosque school, local press reported.
The Spanish Civil Guard closed the main mosque in the town of Sant Antoni, located in the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, and arrested its imam Kharin , who is of Moroccan origins, on charges of mistreating and beating 12 students at the School of Arab Culture, the Spanish language newspaper Diario de Ibiza reported.
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Sant Antoni local police started conducting investigations about the imam after receiving several complaints from parents who reported that their children were being beaten with a stick on their heads, arms, and backs while taking their Arab culture lessons in the mosque’s school.
Muslims on the island were taken by surprise although most of them declined to talk to the press amid reports that the police cautioned them against doing so in order not to tarnish Spain’s image as far as liberties and freedom of faith are concerned.
Those who agreed to speak to the press expressed their disappointment about the closure of the mosque where they take their children in order to learn the Quran and Arab history and culture.
All the Spanish interviewees, including officials, agreed that the mosque was never a nuisance, which raised more concerns about the reason of its closure, especially with the approach of the holy month of Ramadan.
“We never had problems with the Muslim community,” said José Ramon Serra from the provincial government.