VIDEO: Pastor praises Muslim supporter

A Muslim scholar who came to Belfast to give evidence in support of Pastor McConnell has spoken of his “love and concern” for the preacher when he appeared in the witness box today.

Imam Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hussaini was speaking to the News Letter about the intense exchanges that he witnessed at Belfast Magistrates’ Court this morning when Pastor McConnell was grilled in his trial for “grossly offensive” comments about Muslims.

Imam Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hussaini with Pastor James McConnell outside Belfast Magistrates' Court

Imam Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hussaini with Pastor James McConnell outside Belfast Magistrates' Court

In the video clip above, Sheikh Al-Hussaini, who was not in the end called as a witness, is talking about Mr McConnell outside the court when the pastor comes over and warmly thanks Mr Al-Hussaini for his support.