French Muslim group files suit over cartoons

3rd February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 3, 2006 (AFP) - A leading French Muslim organisation is to file suit in the courts against newspapers that published disrespectful cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, its leader said Friday.

PARIS, Feb 3, 2006 (AFP) - A leading French Muslim organisation is to file suit in the courts against newspapers that published disrespectful cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, its leader said Friday.

"Writs will be filed this evening in Paris. We are going to register complaints against all the French media that carried the pictures," said Lhaj Thami Brez of the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF).

"We want the justice system to protect us. This is an attack against a religion in a country where there is rule of law. The legal institutions will decide. The press is not above the law. Its powers are regulated. Freedom of expression is fine, but religions must be respected," he said.

On Wednesday France Soir was the first newspaper outside Denmark and Norway to print all 12 of the controversial drawings, and on Friday the daily Liberation printed two.

Le Monde on Thursday commissioned its own front-page drawing of the Prophet — a bearded face made up entirely of the words "I must not draw Mohammed."

The UOIF, which is close to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, forms the largest component in the official Council for the Muslim Religion.

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