Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jailed Albanian Imams Laud Charlie Hebdo Raid; Declare Offending Mohammed Is an "Act of War"

Two Albanian imams -- arrested on charges of inciting terrorism -- have issued a declaration from prison in support of the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the Balkan Insight website reports today (January 27, 2015).

"Whoever has pained the prophet [Mohammed] or has written articles in newspapers, magazines, books or produced movies in which he is offended... this is considered an act of war," imams Abdurrahim Balla and Bujar Hysa wrote in a letter sent from prison, which is being circulated on social networks.

"The act that happened in France, if it is proved that was carried out by Muslims, because of the cartoons, it's considered a good deed that will be rewarded by Allah," they added.

Balla and Hysa were arrested last February as part of an anti-terrorism sweep in Albania, accused of recruiting jihadists to fight with the radical Islamist groups Jabhat al-Nusra or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

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