Ukrainian Muslims condemn Innocence of Muslims, won't appeal to court against it

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Oct. 1, 2012, 8 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Innocence of Muslims video snapshot


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The Spiritual Authorities of Muslims in Ukraine are not planning to ask a court to put a ban on the posting of an anti-Islam video entitled "The Innocence of Muslims," which triggered mass protests in many countries of the world.

"No, we have not filed such a lawsuit," the Spiritual Authorities of Muslims in Ukraine told Interfax-Ukraine in Kyiv on Monday.

They also added that they did not know whether someone has filed such lawsuits individually or on behalf of a group of people.

The Spiritual Authorities of Muslims added that it would not appeal to court on the issue, and stressed that it has clearly expressed its position on the video.

"The Spiritual Authorities of Muslims in Ukraine always opposed various extreme actions, particularly those offending religious feelings of more than 1.5 billion believers on Earth," reads s statement posted on the Web site of the Spiritual Governance of Muslims in Crimea.

As reported, on September 27 a protest against the Innocence of Muslims was staged in Simferopol. The event was organized by the autonomous Crimean Muslim community Davet.

On Monday, Moscow's Tverskoi Court declared as extremist the Innocence of Muslims, which was posted on the Internet and provoked mass disturbances in many countries.

Earlier, the owner and founder of the Vkontakte social network Pavel Durov said that he deleted the video from the social network.

As reported, the Innocence of Muslims, which was shot in the United States and spread on the Internet, triggered a wave of protests and attacks on the U.S. diplomatic missions in a number of Muslim countries.

The video portrays Muhammad as a cruel fraud, who invented the laws of Allah in his own interests and who had promiscuous sexual relations.

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