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2006-03-15

ABC News:

Director of Public Prosecutions Henning Fode upheld the decision of a regional prosecutor who ruled the drawings published in Jyllands-Posten Sept. 30 did not violate Danish law. Fode's decision cannot be appealed.

His ruling said the 12 cartoons, one of which shows the prophet wearing a turban shaped like a bomb, did not violate bans on racist and blasphemous speech.

"My decision is that there is no violation of the said rules of the Danish Criminal Code," Fode said in a statement.


Henning Fode has detailed the reasons for his decision in Danish and English. Henning Fode has assessed the drawings in the light of section 140 (blasphemy) and section 266 b (racism), the constitution (Grundlov) section 77 (free speech) and the European Human Rights Convention, article 10 (free speech). He has looked at the intention behind each of the laws, the definition of some of the keywords (like "mockery" and "scorn") and the article in Jyllands-Posten, which accompanied the drawings. He describes each and every of the 12 cartoons and he even comments on the false claim that Islam forbids depicting the prophet - in fact he has produced a separate document in Danish about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

Predictably, members of The Danish Islamic Community are not satisfied (Danish text, my translation).
<Slay those who insult Islam
Yes, I PhotoShopped this image. A guy can dream can't he?

»The jurists who have assessed the case have not had enough knowledge of Islam and the religious symbols within Islam. This is sloppy work«, says Kasem Said Ahmad.


Kasem Said Ahmad was the former spokesman who back in the start of December told the cartoonists to relax because he was about to go to the Middle East and appease the angry Muslims, before somebody got hurt. After which he went to Egypt with a propaganda booklet full of inflammatory lies and three fake Mohammed cartoons

If Muslims are offended - why don't they go after the real blasphemers - Kasem Said Ahmad, Abu Laban and Ahmad Akkari, who distributed the drawings of Mohammed as a pig.

Half past five today, about 40 ambassadors were called to the Danish ministry of foreign affairs, where the decision was read aloud. After that there was time for questions, but none were asked. This might be because they only had received 90 minutes notice.

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