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Among the claims the police will be asked to investigate are allegations the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils uploaded illegal software on to its computer system and that some executives were "double dipping".

The accusations by former AFIC treasurer Ikebal Patel, who failed in his bid to become president of the organisation last month, exposes deep factional and ethnic divisions within the body that advises the Howard Government on Muslim community issues.

Mr Patel yesterday told The Australian that he was preparing to take the allegations about the pirated software and other "illegalities" to police.

"All illegalities should be now handed to the authorities for investigation," he said.

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