German Far Right Can Display Muhammad Depictions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin court has rejected an emergency appeal by three mosques to prohibit a far-right group from displaying caricatures of Islam's prophet Muhammad at a demonstration this weekend.

The Berlin administrative court ruled Thursday that the caricatures were protected by laws allowing artistic free expression and that their display alone did not violate laws against slander nor those against inciting hatred or violence.

Three mosques had filed the appeal after the far-right "Citizens Movement -- Pro Germany" said it would display the caricatures during its Aug. 18 demonstration in the capital, being held under the slogan "Islam does not belong in Germany -- stop Islamization."

The 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries. Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the religion's prophet.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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