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Saturday 24 February 2018

Muslim leader to face court in Denmark for comparing gays to paedophiles

The imam made the remarks after the fatal shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016
The imam made the remarks after the fatal shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016

Danish prosecutors have charged a 49-year-old imam for making public remarks against homosexuals, whom he compared to paedophiles.

Prosecutor Jan Reckendorff said the unidentified Muslim leader violated Denmark's penal code in interviews in June 2016 following the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were shot dead. Many Muslims consider homosexuality to be sinful.

Mr Reckendorff said on Friday that the remarks "were so rough" that a court of law must now decide whether Danish law has been violated.

No trial date has yet been set.

The imam faces a fine or up to two years in jail if found guilty of making comments deemed threatening, insulting or degrading to a group of persons because of their race, colour, national or ethnic origin, belief or sexual orientation.

AP

Press Association

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