COPENHAGEN: A Muslim group yesterday lost a libel case against the leader of a Danish anti-immigrant party who had accused its members of treason for publicising blasphemous cartoons of the “Holy”Prophet , according to a Reuters report.
A court ruled that Pia Kjaersgaard, leader of the Danish People’s Party (DPP), did not libel the Islamic faith community when she accused some of its members of treason for travelling to the Middle East to publicise a Danish newspaper’s publication of the drawings, which caused a worldwide uproar in 2006.
In September 2005, the newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of the holy Prophet, which were later reprinted elsewhere and provoked outrage among Muslims.
Three Danish embassies were attacked and at least 50 people were killed in rioting in the Middle East and Asia. Most Muslims regard any depiction of the Prophet as offensive.
“We are very disappointed with the verdict and are considering an appeal,” said Kasem Ahmad, a spokesman for the Muslim group. He added that the group would issue a fatwa, or religious edict, against Jyllands-Posten if it did not receive an apology from the paper. “It’s too early to say any details of the fatwa,” Ahmad said. “The fatwa is the last step and will also satisfy Muslims in the Middle East.”
The editor of the Jyllands-Posten, Flemming Rose, details the Ahmad’s latest threat to his paper here. Particularly interesting are the comments posted on his blog, the overwhelming majority of which praise his stance in refusing to give an inch to the Islamo-fascists who continue to threaten free speech in Denmark.