To call the police officers taghout is a serious charge: the word means “rebels,” “evil powers,” even “idolaters.”
“Have you not seen those who were given a portion of the Scripture, who believe in superstition and false objects of worship [taghout] and say about the disbelievers, ‘These are better guided than the believers as to the way’?” (Qur’an 4:51)
“Have you not seen those who claim to have believed in what was revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you? They wish to refer legislation to Taghut [tyrants], while they were commanded to reject it; and Satan wishes to lead them far astray.” (Qur’an 4:60)
How did this imam come to misunderstand so severely the Qur’an’s message of peace?
“Six months prison for an imam for incitement to murder in El Kef,” a translation of this French news article, “6 mois de prison à un imam pour incitation au meurtre au Kef,” from BusinessNews.com.tn, January 28 (thanks to Halal Pork Shop):
An imam in the city of El Kef was sentenced to six months in prison, beginning immediately, for inciting hatred and murder against the police. This imam was sentenced following a complaint by the police unions.
This imam has made a habit of encouraging the killing of law enforcement officials, calling them “Taghout.” The police have filed a complaint and the city attorney came to El Kef to see for himself, what this imam was saying, because he was using the speakers of the mosque to disseminate his claims.