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Islam in the News (December 2011)

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Commentary: Muslims going through the situation right now that Jews faced before the Holocaust?
It launched an uprising in 2009 put down by a brutal military assault which left some 800 dead, then went dormant for about a year before re-emerging in 2010 with a series of assassinations.}}
 
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{{Quote|1=[{{Reference archive|1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2Freuters%2F2013%2F04%2F19%2Fworld%2Fafrica%2F19reuters-nigeria-islamists.html%3Fref%3Dworld|2=2013-04-22}} Man Charged Over Nigeria Christmas Church Bomb That Killed 37]<BR>New York Times, April 19, 2013|2= Security forces captured Kabiru Sokoto, the main suspect in the attack, in January 2012. He escaped a day later but was recaptured the following month.
 
In court on Friday he pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism. Justice Adeniyi Ademola adjourned trial to May 2.
 
Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Abuja, which killed 37 people and wounded 57, in the deadliest of a series of attacks at Christmas.<br>. . .<br>Boko Haram, which in the Hausa language of largely Muslim northern Nigeria means "Western education is sinful," is loosely modeled on the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.
 
Its fighters want an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, a country of 170 million split roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims. Its favourite targets are the police, politicians and Christians.
 
The group, or someone claiming to represent it, took responsibility for [[Islam_in_the_News_-_February_2013#France:_Paris_will_not_play_a_.22bidding_game.22_with_Muslims_who_kidnapped_family_last_week_in_Cameroon|kidnapping a French family of seven]] in February, who French and Cameroonian authorities on Friday said had been released.}}
====Syria: Muslim Brotherhood responsible for deadly suicide bombings, say more attacks to come====
Maryam Bibi, the woman behind the project, who belongs to Jani Khel (FR) Bannu, says the findings of the report are based on ground realities. “Although it is hard to digest the facts, this is what the women have to go through. Someone has to speak for change.”}}
 
====Iran: Muslim convert to Christianity sentenced to six years in prison for "having his baptism performed in Turkey"====
 
{{Quote|1=[{{Reference archive|1=http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2011/12/seyedi/|2=2011-12-16}} Christian Convert Imprisoned for Holding Baptism in Turkey]<BR>International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, December 14,2011|2=Alireza Seyyedian, 36, a Muslim who converted to Christianity six years ago, was sentenced to six years in prison by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court.
 
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, Seyyedian’s lawyer, said that his client’s charges are “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security.”
 
“The judge said that by having his baptism performed in Turkey, he propagated against the regime. According to the judge, we have enough priests in Iran to baptize him,” said Dadkhah. “The judge’s interpretation was that by having his baptism in Turkey, my client’s intent was to express the lack of freedom in Iran.”
 
Dadkhah told the Campaign that Seyyedian’s court sentence explicitly noted that he propagated against the regime by holding his baptism in Turkey.
 
Seyyedian, who runs a house church, was first arrested in 2010 and released on $50,000 bail. His first court session was held at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court on 19 November 2011.
 
“The other allegations against my client were distributing videos of his baptism on the Internet and holding various interviews about [the baptism]. He is also charged with running a home church. He was holding regular meetings with other converts but they were not put on trial, only Alireza was. In any case, the judge noted all these items as propaganda against the regime and acting against national security,” said Dadkhah, adding that, “I tried defending my client by adding that these charges can all be considered propaganda against the regime, the sentence for which is only one year in prison.”
 
Dadkhah told the Campaign that since the contentious trial of Youcef Nadarkhani, he believes that courts, even if they are aware of certain facts of the case, don’t pursue them.
 
“The judge asked many questions specifically about why he held his baptism in Turkey but my client did not reply to this question. He also didn’t deny the accusation of uploading his baptism’s video on various Internet sites. My client did not deny any of the accusations.”}}
====Commentary: Muslims going through the situation right now that Jews faced before the Holocaust?====
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