Iran’s supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, mentioned Tuesday that cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that had been republished by a French satirical journal final week had been “unforgivable”.
“The grave and unforgivable sin committed by a French weekly in insulting the luminous and holy personality of (the) Prophet revealed, once more, the hostility and malicious grudge harboured by political and cultural organisations in the West against Islam and the Muslim community,” Khamenei mentioned in an English-language assertion.
“The excuse of ‘freedom of expression’ made by some French politicians in order not to condemn this grave crime of insulting the Holy Prophet of Islam is completely unacceptable, wrong and demagogic.”
During a go to to Beirut final week, French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned Charlie Hebdo had damaged no legislation in republishing the cartoons to mark the September 2 opening of the trial right into a lethal 2015 assault on its workplaces by Islamist extremists.
“There is… in France a freedom to blaspheme that is linked to freedom of conscience,” Macron mentioned.
“It is my job to protect all these freedoms.”
Twelve individuals, together with a few of France’s most celebrated cartoonists, had been killed on January 7, 2015, when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi went on a gun rampage on the journal’s Paris workplaces.
The perpetrators had been killed within the aftermath of the bloodbath however 14 alleged accomplices within the assaults, which additionally focused a Jewish grocery store, went on trial.
Despite its outrage on the cartoons, Iran condemned the assault on the paper’s workplaces.
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