Czech courts definitively acquit publisher of Salafist book of promoting a movement against human rights
The acquittal of the former chair of the Muslim Community of Prague, Vladimír Sáňka, with respect to the case involving his distribution of a Czech translation of The Fundamentals of TAWHEED (Islamic Monotheism) (Základy tauhídu - Islámský koncept boha) has now been made definitive. According to InfoSoud, a database of judicial rulings, the Czech Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman against the acquittal.
The Supreme Court made its decision in January 2019 and at the beginning of February the file was returned to the District Court for Prague 1, which was the first-instance venue for the case. "The appeal has been rejected," InfoSoud reported.
The justification for rejecting the appeal is not yet available on the Supreme Court's website. The decision has also not yet been delivered to the Supreme State Prosecutor, according to his spokesperson, Petr Malý.
In his appeal, Zeman argued that Salafism should be especially assessed as a movement according to the Criminal Code definition. Experts had previously arrived at the conclusion that this is not about a movement but rather about a theological stream of conservative Islam.
According to prosecutors, the question is not an academic one but a legal one that the Prague courts should had resolved on their own terms. "Where an ideology exists that has many adherents, there is a movement," the appeals motion reads.
In the world envisioned by Bilal Philips, the author of the book, and his fellow-travelers there would be no place for freedom, plurality of opinions, or respect for others, the prosecutors said. Salafists are, according to the appeal, partially organized abroad at a minimum, otherwise they would not be able to disseminate their concept of Islam.
"There is no doubt that they hold grudges against Shiites, Jews, Christians and representatives (Governments) of the secular West," the prosecutors wrote. The Prague courts, according to the appeal, erred in not considering the opportunity for charging the defendant under a different legal qualification after acquitting him of the original indictment.
Instead of charging Sáňka with establishing, supporting and promoting a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms, according to the prosecutors, he should have been convicted of incitement to hatred of a group of persons or incitement of the restriction of their rights and freedoms. According to the indictment it was he who arranged for the translation, publication and distribution of the book.
Sáňka has long rejected the accusations. The case is associated with a raid performed by what was then the anti-mafia unit of the police on Muslim centers in Prague in 2014.
The District Court for Prague 1 first acquitted Sáňka in 2016. That verdict was overturned by the appeals court and returned to the first-instance court with a request for further evidence.
A review assessment of the case was then undertaken. The second acquittal verdict was upheld on appeal by the Municipal Court in Prague.
- Czech court overturns acquittal in radical Islamic book distribution case
- Czech court acquits defendant of disseminating radical Islamic book
- Czech officials disperse assembly for disparaging Islam
- German Chancellor: Islamist terrorism not the fault of asylum-seekers
- Czech Interior Ministry not allowing party to add "Bloc against Islam" to its name
- Blog administrator at Czech daily gets death threats after shutting down "Bloc against Islam" bloggers
- Czech authorities indict leader of anti-Islam movement for inciting hatred on Facebook
- Czech Police refuse students access to 1989 memorial in advance of President joining anti-Islam activists for their event
- Austria bans hidden Islamist and Nazi codes on license plates
- Czech prosecutor finds no evidence that radical Islamic book disseminates racism
- Czech Police propose pressing charges over publication of radical Islamic book
- Czech Police complete investigation of radical Islamic book
- Self-proclaimed Islamic State trying to recruit Roma in the Balkans
- Czech Republic: Romea.cz survey on Romani people and Islam
- Czech Republic: Protests against Islam and for religious freedom in front of Prague Castle
- Czech-language Facebook page slanders Romani organizations as anti-Islam
- Commentary: Islamic fanaticism is repulsive - and so is European fanaticism
- Berlusconi exploits Islam and the Roma in his attack on the left
- UK court sentences neo-Nazis for threats against Prince Harry because of his marriage to Meghan Markle
- † 17. 5. 1998, Orlová, Czech Republic: Milan Lacko
- Czech town refuses to settle out of court with Roma whom they forcibly relocated 13 years ago
- How Easter has been celebrated among Roma of Slovak or Vlax origin in the Czech Republic
- Romafuturismo Library moves to northern Czech town of Most with new name: The Josef Serinek Library
- Complaint against racist election campaign in Czech town heads to the European Court of Human Rights
- European Court of Human Rights: Slovakia did not sufficiently investigate racial motivation of shooting six years ago
- Czech Supreme Court to review verdict in shooting murder of Romani man in Chomutov
- Romani musician Ida Kelarová on verdict against gunman: We're disappointed the Czech court ignored the racist motivation
- USA: Shooter at synagogue in Pittsburgh remanded into custody without bail
- Czech appeals court reduces sentence for murder of Romani man to seven years, prosecutor calls it disproportionate, inhumane and unjust
- Czech Supreme Court overturns acquittal on publication of Hitler's speeches, wants more evidence