Prosecutor seeks to dismiss prophet cartoons case

A state prosecutor asked a French court Thursday to dismiss a case brought by French Muslims against a satirical weekly that printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed, saying the cartoons denounce terrorists' use of the Muslim faith but do not damage Islam. The verdict was postponed until March 15. The case has brought journalists and politicians to the stand to testify _ and on Wednesday's opening day drew support for the publication, Charlie Hebdo, from Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who as minister is in charge of faiths in France and is now a presidential candidate. Charlie Hebdo and its director, Philippe Val, are charged with "publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion." Val risks a six-month prison sentence and a fine of up to €22,000 (US$28,530).