A Paris court heard opening arguments Wednesday in a defamation trial against a French satirical weekly that reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that last year stoked outrage and violence across the Islamic world.
Charlie-Hebdo magazine and the publication's director, Philippe Val, are charged with "publicly slandering a group of people because of their religion." The charge carries a possible six-month prison sentence and a fine of up to $28,530.
The Paris Mosque and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France brought the charges.
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