Islamic Society may take cartoon case to European Rights court

A Danish court of appeals on Thursday rejected a suit against Jyllands-Posten, the paper that first published insulting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Islamic Society may take cartoon case to European Rights court

The High Court for western Denmark based in Aarhus upheld the decision of a lower court last year that the paper and its editors had not meant to depict Muslims as "criminals or terrorists".

Muslims regard depictions of the Prophet as blasphemous.

The court said that one of the cartoons, which depicts the Prophet with a bomb in his turban, did not break the law.

Muslim groups in Denmark deplored the court's decision.

"I can't say I'm surprised by the decision, but I'm disappointed," said Bilal Assaad, Chairman of the Islamic Faith Society, one of several plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

"We had hoped that we could put this unfortunate matter behind us and that the High Court would draw the line that establishes the limits of freedom of expression in religious matters," he said.

The Islamic Faith Society said it was considering taking its case to the European Court of Human Rights.


Reuters

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