Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Found: a lawyer who uses the truth as a defense

It must be read to be believed.

Jihad is 'Muslim obligation'

A lawyer defending al Qaida-linked suspects standing trial for the 2003 suicide bombings in Istanbul told a court that jihad, or holy war, was an obligation for Muslims and his clients should not be prosecuted.

"If you punish them for this, tomorrow, will you punish them for fasting or for praying?" Osman Karahan -- a lawyer representing 14 of the 72 suspects -- asked during a nearly four-hour speech in which he read religious texts from an encyclopedia of Islam.

The November 2003 blasts targeted two synagogues, the British Consulate and the local headquarters of the London-based HSBC bank, killing 58 people.

"If non-Muslims go into Muslim lands, it is every Muslim's obligation to fight them," Karahan said.

This story in The Scotsman did not get a lot of international attention. It barely rates a blip on a Google search, particularly among American newspapers.

But it ought to.


Post a Comment

<< Home