They will “respect” the ruling. But it is unlikely that they will give up their attempts to compel Sweden and other European countries to adopt Sharia blasphemy laws. By Ahmad Maher for IslamOnline (thanks to PRCS):
CAIRO “” Swedish Muslims were disappointed Saturday, September 22, at a ruling by Justice Chancellor Goeran Lambertz, who said the anti-Prophet Muhammad cartoon published in a local newspaper did not constitute incitement to racial hatred.
“Of course we reject the ruling, but we can’t help but respect it,” Stockholm-based Chaka Benmakhlouf, President of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, told IslamOnline.net over the phone.
Benmakhlouf said the powerful Jewish lobby in Sweden had lost a similar case in the past after suing the Stockholm Mosque for alleged anti-Semitism.
“Jewish leaders translated some Islamic books which they said contained anti-Jews materials and forwarded them to Chancellor Lambertz, who overturned the lawsuit on free speech grounds,” added Benmakhlouf, who holds Swedish citizenship.
Three Swedish Muslim organizations had asked Lambertz “” the only official in Sweden entitled to indict in cases concerning freedom of the press “” to press charges of incitement to racial hatred against the newspaper Nerikes Allehanda and its editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson.
The newspaper published in August a cartoon that depicted Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as a dog, citing freedom of speech.