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HSBC bank staff sacked for fake IS mail

PTI
Published Jul 8, 2015, 8:42 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 3:06 pm IST
The employees are reportedly from the UK-headquartered bank’s legal division
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London: HSBC bank has sacked some of its employees over an “abhorrent” video in which they pretended to be Islamic State militants carrying out a beheading. The video was posted online and shows a man dressed in an orange jumpsuit, while five other men in black stand around him one holding a fake knife, The Sun reported.
 
The employees are reportedly from the UK-headquartered bank’s legal division and the incident took place on a team-building exercise in Birmingham. The bank said it did not tolerate “inappropriate behaviour”.
 
“As soon as the Sun brought this video to our attention we took the decision to sack the individuals involved. This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologise for any offence caused,” the bank said in a statement.
 
It, however, did not specify how many people had been sacked. The newspaper has posted an eight-second clip of the video on its website in which one man shouts “Allahu Akbar” while others laugh.
 
It said the employees created the video while on a visit to Teamworks Karting in Birmingham. The Teamworks Karting entertainment company also released a statement: “The abhorrent video was filmed without our knowledge, during a private party booked by one of our clients.” 
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