Imams: turn Joe's killers over to police
21 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Imams in Brussels will urge Muslims during Friday prayers to turn in the killers of Joe Van Holsbeeck to police.
21 April 2006
BRUSSELS — Imams in Brussels will urge Muslims during Friday prayers to turn in the killers of Joe Van Holsbeeck to police.
The murder has placed the Belgian Islamic community in a difficult position, given that the two suspects are of North African ancestry.
Since the 12 April murder at Brussels Central, the Muslim community has born the brunt of widespread criticism.
Imams will therefore use Friday's prayers to give a clear anti-violence message, the newspapers from the VUM group reported.
The spiritual leaders will also urge Muslims to turn the suspects over to police.
"Those who know them must not stay silent but make public their identity," the chairman of the Union of Brussels Mosque Associations, Said Dakkar, said.
The imams will also urge the Islamic community to pray for the family of the murdered 17-year-old.
Brussels imams will also hold an extraordinary meeting on Saturday to discuss the murder.
"A life is life, no matter who it is," Dakkar said, adding that it is a pity the entire Muslim community is again being scapegoated.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news