Apr 26 2014
CZECH REPUBLIC: Police arrest Muslim for publishing a book that allegedly spreads racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and violence
The as yet unnamed man faces up to 10 years in prison over promotion of controversial book, ‘The Bases of Tauhid – the Islamic concept of God,’ which allegedly promotes a movement suppressing human rights and freedoms and advocating violence against ‘inferior’ races and religions, after a raid in two Prague centers of the Islamic Foundation.
Prague Post (h/t Maria J) The suspect is a 55-year-old Muslim who has Czech citizenship. He had the controversial book translated to Czech and he provided for its publishing and distribution. During the raid, about 20 people were questioned and several of them may also be expelled from the country.
Hanták said the police decided not to release the name of the book because they do not want to advertise it in this way. The book allegedly spreads racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and violence against “inferior” races, he said.
The police stayed in the premises of the Islamic Foundation from Friday to Saturday morning. On Friday, they interfered in a mosque on the city’s outskirts and in the office and prayer room in the city center. Some media reports said that weapons and explosives were revealed in the Islamic Foundation.
Former Muslim Lukáš Lhoťan told ČTK on Friday that he has recently filed a complaint over the book. He said it contains extreme Muslim opinions and that it was published by the Center of Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic together with the Islamic Foundation.