Boris Johnson to be probed over controversial burqa comments

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LONDON: British former foreign minister Boris Johnson will be investigated for a possible breach of the Conservative Party’s code of conduct after making comments about Muslim women who wear burqas,the EveningStandardnewspaper hasreported.
According to party sources, a formal decision tore ferJohnsontoan investigatory panel headed by a lawyer was expectedlater.Conservative campaignheadquartersdeclined immediate comment on the report. The former foreign secretary hascomeunderintensepressurefrom Tory MPs, including Theresa May, to say sorry for describing Muslim women who wear the face covering as “letter boxes” or bank robbers. Meanwhile, Taj Hargey, the imamatOxford Islamic Congregation,said Boris Johnson should “not apologise fortelling the truth” about burkas. He said that while Johnson’s choice of language was unfortunate, the burka and niqab are “a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam”.
Writing interims, he said facial masking’s were “un-Muslim” and contributed to “genderinequality and inhibiting community cohesion”. Johnson has yet to comment on the row triggered by his Daily Telegraph column on Monday – but has show no sign of backing down.