Danish Muslims Sue Jyllands-Posten for Defamation
Meanwhile, Danish police are launching an investigation into allegations that an imam at the centre of the Prophet Mohammad cartoon row, Imam Ahmed Akkari, issued death threats against moderate Muslim politician Naser Khader. Akkari was actually filmed threatening to blow up Khader in video shown on a French news station earlier this month.
Danish imams Ahmed Akkari (front L) and Abu Laban (3rd R), escorted by their private security, leave Copenhagen Airport March 25, 2006 after attending an Islamic conference in Bahrain. Danish police will launch an investigation into allegations that an imam at the centre of the Prophet Mohammad cartoon row issued death threats against a moderate Muslim politician, a spokesman said on Thursday. A French TV documentary crew secretly filmed Akkari threatening to have Naser Khader — a founder of Denmark’s Democratic Muslims network, which opposes violent protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad — bombed. (REUTERS/Keld Navntoft)
Since the government won’t prosecute the Danish newspaper that published the Muhammad cartoons, Muslims in Denmark are suing the newspaper Jyllands-Posten for defamation:
A group of 27 Danish Muslim organisations has filed a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper that first published the contentious Prophet Muhammad cartoons, their lawyer said.
The case was filed on Wednesday, two weeks after Denmark’s top prosecutor declined to press criminal charges, saying the drawings that sparked a firestorm in the Muslim world did not violate laws against racism or blasphemy.
Michael Christiani Havemann, a lawyer representing the Muslim groups, told The Associated Press the lawsuit sought 100,000 kroner ($16,100) in damages from Carsten Juste, Jyllands-Posten editor-in-chief, and Flemming Rose, culture editor, who supervised the cartoon project.
“We are seeking judgment for both the text and the drawings which were gratuitously defamatory and injurious,” Havemann said.
The lawsuit said the cartoons depict Muhammad “as belligerent, oppressing women, criminal, crazy and unintelligent, and a connection is made between the Prophet and war and terror.”
And??? Who is the foolish lawyer who would take that case? Good luck!
I am wondering from looking at the cartoons, how they get that the cartoons depict Muhammad as “oppressing women”?
There is only one cartoon with women caricatures. The women are wearing burkas in the cartoon. It seems strange that the Imams would call this picture an “oppressive image”, don’t you think?
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