Posted by: becketfund | June 19, 2008

Netherlands: Appeals Court Rejects Defamation Lawsuit

COPENHAGEN – A Danish appeals court has rejected a defamation lawsuit filed by Muslim groups against the Jyllands-Posten daily newspaper which originally published the Prophet Muhammad cartoons in 2005, AP reported on June 19. The Western High Court determined that there were real instances of Islamic terrorist acts, and that under Danish law it is permitted to create satirical drawings representative of such events. “We are very disappointed and sad about the outcome,” said Mohammed Nehme, a spokesman for Islamic Faith Community, one of seven groups that appealed the lower court ruling. “We had hoped it would be in our favor but now we have the court’s word that what they did was in order.”

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