Suspect held in death threats against teacher

11th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

RABAT, Jan 11, 2007 (AFP) - Moroccan authorities said they are holding a suspected Islamic extremist who confessed to threatening a French philosophy teacher with death over a newspaper article criticising Islam.

RABAT, Jan 11, 2007 (AFP) - Moroccan authorities said they are holding a suspected Islamic extremist who confessed to threatening a French philosophy teacher with death over a newspaper article criticising Islam.

Robert Redeker, 52, a philosophy teacher from southwestern France, has been living with round-the-clock police protection since receiving violent death threats after his article appeared in September.

A 20-year-old Moroccan national, Adil al Hyanne, was extradited on December 19 from Libya to Morocco, where police said he admitted to having posted online threats against Redeker.

Paris prosecutors are to make an official request to Morocco for legal cooperation in the case, according to a French legal official.

Hyanne and another Moroccan arrested at the same time, 24 year-old Baaby Othmane, were headed to Iraq where they intended to fight alongside Islamic extremists, police said.

Both men were being detained in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

Redeker's article, published in the conservative French newspaper Le Figaro, was written in reaction to the Muslim fury unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI's references to Islam the same month.

The article described the Koran as a "book of extraordinary violence", and the Prophet Mohammed, as depicted in the Koran, as a "master of hate", "a merciless war-leader, a pillager, a murderer of Jews and a polygamist".

After it appeared, Redeker received e-mail threats targeting himself and his wife and three children, with his photograph and address made available on

several Islamist Internet sites.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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