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Father who spied on al-Qaida accuses Edinburgh school of discrimination

Exclusive: Inquiry opens into St George’s after Aimen Dean claims it singled out his daughter over fears he was a security risk

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Aimen Dean was a member of al-Qaida and was recruited by MI6. Now he says other parents at his daughter’s school regard him as a security risk. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

One of the UK’s leading private schools is under investigation after being accused of discrimination against the daughter of one of the west’s most important spies, a former al-Qaida bomb-maker credited with saving thousands of lives.

Aimen Dean, who spied for British intelligence inside the terrorist network for eight years, has made a formal complaint against St George’s School in Edinburgh, claiming it singled out his five-year-old daughter because other parents feared he was a security risk.

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