From SwissInfo, “Controversial Muslim scholar wins in court,” with thanks to Fjordman.
A controversial Muslim scholar who was fired from his teaching job after publicly defending death by stoning has won a second victory in a Geneva court.
However, the cantonal authorities responded by saying Hani Ramadan, who is also director of Geneva’s Islamic Centre, would not be reinstated.
It was the second time the courts have ruled in Ramadan’s favour, saying that his dismissal was unfair and demanding that the cantonal government recognise Ramadan’s status as a public servant and resume paying his salary.
He was dismissed by the cantonal authorities in 2003 a few months after making his remarks in the French newspaper Le Monde.
In the article, the imam defended death by stoning for adultery as set out in Islamic Sharia law. Ramadan also said that believers were protected from being infected with Aids.
Last year, the appeals board had already said that Ramadan was still a public servant, but the government refused to budge and went one step further a few months later by cutting off his salary…
An investigation into the affair commissioned by the Geneva authorities found that his role as a religious representative was incompatible with his status as a teacher in a state school…
“The government’s attitude has been to not negotiate until now,” [Ramadan’s lawyer] said. “And so far we have had no indication there will be a change of heart.”