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Libyan grand mufti's official website hacked amid violence

The hackers left Ghariani a seemingly mocking message on his website: "How you doing in the UK?"

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The official website of Libya’s Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani was hacked on Monday by a group of hackers identifying itself as "The Great Team."

The hackers left Ghariani a seemingly mocking message on his website: "How you doing in the UK?"

Ghariani, who is currently not in Libya, has recently stirred a controversy after his statements and messages on the website, named "Tanasuh," were labeled as incitement to violence by opposition groups.

He has also directly opposed to the convening of parliament in the city of Tobruk, east of Libya.

The pro-Islamist mufti has recently used the website to hail Islamist militia force, “Dawn of Libya,” for its armed gains in Tripoli.

The parliament has officially summoned him to a hearing following accusations of supporting armed groups which the parliament has labeled as "terrorist."

Libyan MP Amal Bayu has said if the mufti does not comply the parliament's call then replacing him will be the inevitable result, adding that the parliament will not hesitate to take decisive measures towards the mufti.

Meanwhile some media reports have suggested Ghariani's activities in Britain have stirred controversy.

The Guardian on Sunday reported that Ghariani left the UK for Qatar as British officials began examining broadcasts he had made to Islamist groups using an internet television station owned by a relative in Devon.