Police accuse man over Islamic book after Prague mosque raid


26.04.2014 17:16

Prague - The Czech police have accused the editor of a book on Islam of promoting a movement suppressing human rights and freedoms after a raid in two Prague centres of the Islamic Foundation on Friday, Pavel Hantak, spokesman for the police unit fighting organised crime (UOOZ), told CTK today.


Kriminalisté z Útvaru pro odhalování organizovaného zločinu 25. dubna zasahují na několika místech Prahy kvůli podezření z vydání a distribuce knihy, která šíří rasismus, antisemitismus, xenofobii a násilí proti takzvaným méněcenným rasám. ČTK to řekl mluvčí útvaru Pavel Hanták. Podle zpravodajů ČTK jsou desítky policistů i v Islámské nadaci Praha v ulici Politických vězňů (na snímku). ČTK Ždimera Jan

The suspect is a 55-year-old man who has Czech citizenship. He had the controversial book translated to Czech and he provided for its publishing and distribution.

The man may end up in prison for up to 10 years.

Within the raid, about 20 people were questioned and several of them may be expelled from the country.

Hantak 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 centre.

Hantak dismissed the information of some media that weapons and explosives were revealed in the Islamic Foundation.

The police may have interfered in the mosques over the book called "The Bases of Tauhid - the Islamic concept of God."

Former Muslim Lukas Lhotan told CTK 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 Centre of Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic together with the Islamic Foundation.

According to witnesses, the police action frustrated the main prayer on Friday, which has a special importance for the Muslims and for which they meet in the mosque. Indonesian diplomats who were among those present complained about the police action.

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