The schoolboy at the centre of the Sudanese Teddy Bear Row has revealed for the first time that it was his idea to name the bear Mohammed.
Mohammed Smith, 7, admitted to his parents that he was the one who gave the bear its name after he had become disillusioned and disenchanted with Islam which, he said, had many flaws.
His parents listened in disbelief, and notified the Khartoum Police Department who rushed around to their house in the wee hours and beat the lad to within an inch of his life with sticks.
Mr and Mrs Smith subsequently complained to the authorities as his dad had already given Mohammed 40 slaps of his arse before the police busted in.
Gillian Gibbons, the boy's teacher, was initially locked up in Sudan, but was later pardoned and freed, and is currently thrashing out a lucrative publishing deal with the News of the World.