Sodagar is scheduled to deliver a series of lectures in London in October, despite appearing in an online video six years ago, purporting the punishment of homosexuals by beheading.
Very concerned about Shaykh Hamza Sodagar being allowed to teach hate in our country @ukhomeoffice— Daniel Sadek (@Danielnelmsuk) October 7, 2016
Footage reveals him telling an audience: "If there's a homosexual man, the punishment is one of five things." Sodagar then lists the cruel examples, promoting human rights activists to urge the Home Office in Britain to ban him from entering the UK.
Sodagar's lectures are supported by the Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission at the Islamic Republic of Iran School in London.
Statement clarifying position on allegations against Shaykh Hamza Sodagar — Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission https://t.co/4wHwfTdD50— Kaneez Fatima (@Kaneezfatima) October 6, 2016
The Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission has defended its decision to host Sodagar, saying in statement: "The unfortunate rise of right-wing extremism has resulted in a malicious campaign to misconstrue the positions of Islam and dehumanize Muslims."
The Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases.
"An individual can be excluded on the ground that their presence is 'not conductive to the public good' if it is reasonable, consistent and proportionate based on the evidence available."
It took the Home Office eight years. 15 court cases and cost British taxpayers US$31 million to deport hate preacher Abu Hamza, who was finally extradited to the US to face terrorism charges on October 5, 2012.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada, another well-known name in the headlines and among politicians, fought for eight years against his deportation to Jordan. Qatada, described as a "truly dangerous individual" and involved in al-Qaeda-related terrorism, was deported from the UK in July 2013, despite claiming that he had evidence that torture could be used on him in Jordan.
As for Sodagar, human rights activist Peter Tatchell told London newspaper the Independent:
"…The home office was wrong to grant him a visa and should now revoke it. The cleric should be ordered out of the country."