Finsbury Park Mosque says it was unaware that one of its trustees has been appointed to Hamas' political bureau.

Representatives of the institution told The Independent it has no relationship with the Islamist Palestinian political party following a high-profile trip to Russia by representatives including Mohammed Sawalha.

Hamas named him alongside senior members in coverage of the visit, dealing a blow to the mosque's efforts to dispel its former reputation as a hub for al-Qaeda supporters and extremist preachers including Abu Hamza.

Mr Sawalha, who is one of Finsbury Park Mosque's six trustees, was identified as part of Hamas' political bureau in coverage of the "fruitful" visit to Moscow.

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