Rushdie death fatwa still valid: Iran

The death sentence fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie by Iran's revolutionary leader 18 years ago is still valid and will remain so, a leading cleric said on Friday following Britain's knighting of the controversial author.

Rushdie death fatwa still valid: Iran
The death sentence fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie by Iran's revolutionary leader 18 years ago is still valid and will remain so, a leading cleric said on Friday following Britain's knighting of the controversial author.

"In Iran, the revolutionary fatwa issued by Imam Khomeini remains valid and cannot be modified," Hojatoleslam Ahmad Khatami said during his Friday prayers sermon in Tehran.

Iran already earlier this week summoned the British ambassador to Tehran to protest at Rushdie's knighting by Queen Elizabeth II as a "provocative act."

"The old and decrepit government of Great Britain should know that the era of their empire is over and today they are a valet in the service of the United States," Khatami added.

Khomeini's successor as supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in January 2005 he still believed the British novelist was an apostate whose killing would be authorised by Islam.
Last Mod: 22 Haziran 2007, 17:22
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