- Kilmorie Primary School pupils from Lewisham, London, taken to mosque on trip
- They met 'extreme' imam Shakeel Begg who led sermons for Lee Rigby's killers
- He praised the children, in year four, for their 'keenness to learn about Islam'
- Visit described as 'shocking and unacceptable' by leading terrorism researcher
Pupils from Kilmorie Primary School in Lewisham, London, met controversial preacher Shakeel Begg (pictured)
Primary school children were taken to meet an Islamic preacher described as 'extremist' at the mosque where Lee Rigby's murderers worshipped.
The trip saw pupils from Kilmorie Primary School in Lewisham, London, meet controversial preacher Shakeel Begg, who the High Court said 'promoted and encouraged religious violence'.
Students at the school, aged eight and nine, were taken to the Lewisham Islamic Centre to take part in a discussion with the imam.
The visit has sparked outrage from a Tom Wilson is a fellow at the Centre for the New Middle East at The Henry Jackson Society.
Photographs of the visit were posted to the mosque's website which shows children sitting attentively on the floor as the imam addressed them.
Mr Begg even praised the children for their keenness to learn about the faith during the visit.
But Mr Wilson has said the trip was unacceptable and the school had a duty of care to protect children.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: 'It is shocking and frankly unacceptable that any school should be arranging visits with anyone associated with extremism.
'If this is happening then there is a duty of care that is being woefully neglected.'
Mr Begg, chief imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre, was described in a High Court judgment at the end of October as a 'Jekyll and Hyde character'.
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave also warned that Mr Begg's role as imam put him in a position to 'plant the seed of Islamic extremism in a young mind'.
Students at the school, aged eight and nine, were taken to the Lewisham Islamic Centre (pictured above) to take part in a discussion with the imam
The imam brought a libel case against the BBC after Andrew Neil, the presenter of Sunday Politics, accused him of promoting extremism on air, but lost the High Court case
The imam brought a libel case against the BBC after Andrew Neil, the presenter of the Sunday Politics programme, had accused him of promoting extremism on air.
But a judge ruled against him in the High Court and said he 'had recently promoted and encouraged religious violence'.
Mr Neil interviewed Farooq Murad, then head of the Muslim Council of Britain, during the Sunday Politics Show in November 2013.
Mr Neil said the East London Mosque in Whitechapel was 'a venue for a number of extremist speakers…who espouse extremist positions'.
The presenter added: 'This year Shakeel Begg, he spoke there and hailed jihad as the greatest of deeds.'
Mr Begg has said he cannot recall making such a speech at the East London Mosque. But in 2011 he told guests at a charity dinner elsewhere that 'jihad in the path of Allah is one of the greatest deeds a Muslim can take part in'.
Asked about that speech, he explained that by 'jihad' he had meant 'spiritual struggle'.
Mr Begg did not deny Mr Rigby's killers – Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22 – attended the Lewisham Islamic Centre in the months leading up to the Woolwich attack.