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Imam accused of attacking seven-year-old boy at mosque

Hafiz Rizvi is charged with assaulting the child at a mosque in Dundee.

Mosque: Hafiz Rizvi is accused of the assault in Dundee.
Mosque: Hafiz Rizvi is accused of the assault in Dundee. STV

An imam is to stand trial accused of attacking a seven-year-old boy during an Arabic lesson at a mosque.

Hafiz Rizvi, a cleric at the Masjid Tajdar-e-Madina Mosque in Dundee, was arrested over the incident earlier this year.

He is accused of repeatedly slapping the boy on the head at the Victoria Road place of worship on August 22.

On Friday, Dundee Sheriff Court was told the incident had occurred during an Arabic lesson Rizvi was holding.

Defence solicitor Scott Norrie said: "He is an imam and teaches a variety of children's groups at the mosque.

"There have been no difficulties since this matter."

Hafiz Rizvi, of Dundee, denied the assault charge.

Sheriff Simon Collins QC set a trial date in January and ordered the 38-year-old to attend a pre-trial hearing in December.

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