Court clears defendant, involved in publication of controversial Islamic book, of promoting movement aimed at suppressing rights and freedoms

21-09-2016

A Prague court has cleared Vladimír Šanka, the former head of Prague’s Muslim community, of ‘promoting a movement aimed at suppressing rights and freedoms’, in connection with the publication of a radical Islamic text. Central to the debate in the trial, was whether the book, banned in some countries for promoting Salafism, fell under the definition of an ideology or movement. The court ruled that it was the former. Promotion of a hate movement would constitute a criminal act carrying a possible sentence of up to 10 years behind bars. The state prosecutor had sought a three-year suspended sentence in the case and has already appealed the decision.