Danish prosecutor: No legal reason to ban Islamist Party

"As long as it does not use violence or other punishable methods, there is nothing illegal in advocating a system that is fundamentally different from the one we have in Denmark," prosecutor said.

Danish prosecutor: No legal reason to ban Islamist Party
Denmark's public prosecutor ruled Thursday there was no legal reason to dissolve the Danish branch of an international Islamist party, rejecting calls for a ban from several parties in parliament.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, a Sunni group with branches around the world, aims to " establish a Caliphate (Islamic state) notably in the Muslim countries. But that is not illegal in and of itself," public prosecutor Joergen Steen Soerensen wrote in a statement.

"As long as it does not use violence or other punishable methods, there is nothing illegal in advocating a system that is fundamentally different from the one we have in Denmark," he said.

Soerensen said however he would request different police districts to closely follow the group's activities.

This was the second time Denmark's top prosecutor has been pressured to take a stand on the legality of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which was created in Haifa, in 1953 and is believed to have around 1,000 members and sympathizers in Denmark.

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