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German MP Urges Legal Action against US Preacher for Burning Quran

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TEHRAN, April 5 (ICANA) – Former UN special envoy for Afghanistan and member of Germany's Green parliamentary caucus Tom Koenigs called for taking legal action against racist US preacher Terry Jones for burning the holy Quran.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 8:55:21 PM
German MP Urges Legal Action against US Preacher for Burning Quran

Talking to the daily Mitteldeutschen Zeitung based in the East German city of Halle, Koenigs branded the burning of the Quran 'a crime.'

Any priest doing a similar act in Germany would have been tried in court, added Koenigs.

The remarks by by the Green lawmaker were echoed by the foreign policy spokesman of the Social Democratic faction, Rolf Muetzenich who urged the American judiciary to look into the possibility of pressing charges against Jones.

German President Christian Wulff on Monday condemned the burning of the holy Quran in the US which sparked deadly anti-UN protests in Afghanistan.

Wulff labeled as 'uncivilized' the burning of Quran by Jones.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle deplored last week the desecration of the holy Quran.

He also voiced dismay over the killing of eight foreign United Nations staff and five Afghans in northern Afghanistan, after a mass demonstration to protest the Quran burning turned violent.

Meanwhile, a German government spokesman said Monday that Chancellor Angela Merkel was shocked over the murder of the UN workers in Afghanistan but did not specifically dwell on Merkel's stance on the burning of the Quran.

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