MCB Condemns Murder of Nepalese in Iraq, Appeals For Release of French Journalists

31 Aug 2004

The Muslim Council of Britain condemns utterly today’s news of the brutal murder of twelve Nepalese workers in Iraq and calls upon the captors of the two French journalists in Iraq, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, to release them immediately and ensure their safe return to their families.

“We categorically reject and deplore the practice of kidnapping and murdering innocent civilians and regard these acts as repugnant and wholly contrary to basic Islamic principles. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the Nepalese victims. Furthermore, the two French journalists are professional workers dedicated to conveying the truth about what is happening in Iraq to the world. They have undertaken this responsibility after several other journalists have been killed while others have been restricted from covering events in the war-torn country by the US-led occupation authorities,” said Dr Daud Abdullah, Assistant Secretary-General of the MCB.

The MCB appeals to the kidnappers to release the journalists, to demonstrate the values of justice and compassion inherent in Islam, if the kidnappers claim to be Muslim. The MCB notes that several prominent Islamic authorities around the world have also made similar calls.

Dr Abdullah added: “While we do not support the policy of the French government on prohibiting the wearing of the hijab in schools, we assert that the way of kidnapping and murder of innocents is totally unacceptable and indeed harmful to the interests of Muslims everywhere.”

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