“Officers of law enforcement agencies detained Velitov on Tuesday on suspicion of complicity in terrorist activity.” Doesn’t Velitov know that Islam teaches peace and that jihad terrorism has nothing, nothing whatsoever, to do with Islam? Will Obama and John Kerry and Pope Francis and David Cameron travel to Moscow to teach Velitov the true, peaceful Islam? They won’t? Why not? And why don’t we see the apologists for Islam in the West — John Esposito, Karen Armstrong, Reza Aslan, Tariq Ramadan, etc. — making this trip themselves? Why is the peaceful Islam that is so obvious to them so hard for them to communicate to Muslims who have somehow misunderstood their religion as to think it exhorts them to commit acts of violence?
Moscow, July 12, Interfax – The imam of the Yardyam Mosque in the north-east of Moscow, Makhmud Velitov, has been detained on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activity and has been taken to an investigator, a source in law enforcement agencies told Interfax.
Officers of law enforcement agencies detained Velitov on Tuesday on suspicion of complicity in terrorist activity. The imam has already been taken to the Russian Investigative Committee’s district department for questioning, the source said.
Investigators intend to bring charges of ‘publicly calling for terrorist activity or publicly justifying terrorism’ against the imam, who may face from two to five years in prison if found guilty, he said.
The source, however, did not say in exactly what crimes Velitov was implicated….