Muhammad cartoon protester goes on trial in London

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January 2, 2007 17:51

 
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A man who took part in a protest against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad clearly called for the murder of American and Danish citizens, a prosecutor told a jury on Tuesday. Umran Javed, 27, attempted to rally the crowd at the February 3 demonstration to launch attacks against the United States and Denmark, said prosecutor David Perry. "The words used were straightforward and plain," Perry said. "If you shout out 'Bomb, bomb Denmark,' 'Bomb, bomb USA,' there is no doubt about what you intend your audience to understand." Javed has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting murder and stirring up racial hatred. The protests followed the publication, in Danish and other European newspapers, of cartoons, some of which depicted the prophet wearing a bomb-shaped turban, clutching a dagger and berating a group of suicide bombers.


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