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Denmark charges Islamic group spokesman for threatening leaders

[JURIST] Danish prosecutors have charged a spokesman of radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir [advocacy website; Global Security backgrounder] with threatening the government and for breaking anti-racism laws. Hizb ut-Tahrir preaches in favor of a Muslim state across the Middle East and has been banned in some countries that fear its members include terrorists. The charges against Fadi Abdullatif, a member of the Danish chapter of the group, stem from leaflets he distributed in 2004 that encouraged Muslims to join the insurgents fighting against coalition forces in Iraq, and said rulers who "stand in your way" should be "eliminated." Abdullatif contends that the Danish government has misunderstood the leaflet's message.

Abdullatif has also been charged with postings on the Islamic group's website, calling for the killings of Jews. He was given a 60-day suspended prison sentence for similar postings in 2003. AP has more.

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