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Passion Islam I August 2008 ORLD NEWSW I 17
Jordanian move to prosecute
Dutch politician Geert Wilders
A Jordanian prosecutor charged Dutch and said he had been careful to limit his
politician Geert Wilders with blasphemy criticism to the religion of Islam and not
and contempt of Muslims for making an Muslims. But he said he was concerned
anti-Quran film and ordered him to stand about the Jordanian case against him
trial in the Kingdom, judicial sources which could limit his freedom to travel.
said. Judicial sources in Amman said Dutch prosecutors said Wilders was not
Jordanian prosecutor Judge Abdallat had inciting hatred of Muslims as he did not
charged Wilders after a legal complaint call for acts of violence against them.
by a coalition of Jordanian activists and A Dutch anti-discrimination group, The
community leaders. An order was issued Netherlands Shows its Colors, said it
through the Dutch embassy in Amman to would appeal the prosecutors’ decision.
bring Wilders to stand trial. The charges The film produced by Wilders, “Fitna”, book to Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
carry a maximum sentence of three years accused the Muslim holy book of inciting The film sparked calls for boycotts of
in prison; Reuters reported quoting the violence and prompted protests and Dutch products in some Muslim countries,
lawyers as saying. condemnation in many Muslim countries. but has not lead to the kind of violence
Wilders, whose right-wing, anti- Dutch prosecutors also received that was directed against Denmark in
immigration Freedom Party has nine of complaints about comments Wilders 2006 after newspapers there published
the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament, made in newspaper interviews including cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad
welcomed the Dutch prosecutors’ ruling one in which he compared Islam’s holy (peace be upon him).
Airline companies urged to abide
by regulations in serving Haj pilgrims
The Saudi Arabian Civil Aviation Authority arrangements to ensure safe return of before September 19 (Ramadan 19).
urged airline companies operating the stranded pilgrims, in coordination with Additional fees shall be levied for the
Haj services to strictly adhere into the their respective agents in the Kingdom. applications submitted after this deadline,
regulations issued by the authority with “The airlines should also provide meals it said.
regard to offering the best possible and accommodation for the pilgrims until The statement noted that all these
services for the pilgrims. In a press their departure,” the statement said. regulations and conditions are outcome
briefing, the authority warned that of the keenness of the government
punitive measures will be taken of Saudi Arabia in facilitating smooth
against those airlines which are transportation of Haj pilgrims so that
violating these regulations. they can perform their obligatory ritual
“All the airlines should be prompt in ease and comfort.
in ensuring that their flights are on Abdullah Al Rahimi, chairman of the
time while bringing in the pilgrims authority, said, in a statement, that all
as well as in taking them home these directives were being issued in
after the annual pilgrimage of coordination with the concerned Haj
Haj. No lapses in time schedules related agencies and departments in
of arrival at or departure from order to offer the excellent services
King Abdul Aziz International possible to the Haj pilgrims, who are
Airport in Jeddah and Prince the guests of Allah. “Every year, about
Muhammad bin Abdul Aziz 90 per cent of Haj pilgrims arrive in
International Airport in Madinah the Kingdom by air.
will be tolerated without genuine The Kingdom is keen to ensure that
reasons,” the statement said adding that The authority has also set conditions the arrival and departure of these pilgrims
in such cases, the airline companies for agents to get Haj operation license. will be undertaken smoothly and as per
shall be solely responsible for making Applications for license shall be submitted schedule,” he added.
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