Erkin “Egg” Guney
In 1958 Egg’s father, Ramadan Guney, a Turkish Cypriot and devout Muslim, was exiled and ended up in Britain and in 1977 founded the Masjid Ramadan Mosque, a former synagogue in Dalston, which became the UK’s first Turkish Mosque. Egg was born and raised in London, and married his Jewish wife Melanie at a young age, before going on to have three children and running a number of successful businesses.
In 1996 Egg was sentenced to 14 years in jail in 1996, but was released in 2003 based on evidence of police corruption. You can read more about this case at erkinguney.com
Egg’s father, Ramadan died under suspicious circumstances in 2006, leaving no official will, which resulted in a large share of his estate being awarded to his ex-girlfriend Diane Holliday. A legal battle for the estate continues, and in 2009 Egg was accused and later found innocent of the attempted murder of Holliday.
Despite losing the family cemetery, Egg retained ownership of the Masjid Ramadan Mosque, and for the last three years has been running, and paying for its upkeep, and eventually hopes to turn into a universal, multicultural healing centre.
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