Prague – The Czech police have accused the editor of a book on Islam of promoting a movement suppressing human rights and freedoms after a raid in two Prague centres of the Islamic Foundation on Friday, Pavel Hantak, spokesman for the police unit fighting organised crime (UOOZ), told CTK today.
The suspect is a 55-year-old man who has Czech citizenship. He had the controversial book translated to Czech and he provided for its publishing and distribution.
The man may end up in prison for up to 10 years.
Within the raid, about 20 people were questioned and several of them may be expelled from the country.
Hantak said the police decided not to release the name of the book because they do not want to advertise it in this way.
The book allegedly spreads racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and violence against “inferior” races, he said.
The police stayed in the premises of the Islamic Foundation from Friday to Saturday morning. On Friday, they interfered in a mosque on the city´s outskirts and in the office and prayer room in the city centre.
Hantak dismissed the information of some media that weapons and explosives were revealed in the Islamic Foundation.
The police may have interfered in the mosques over the book called “The Bases of Tauhid – the Islamic concept of God.”
Former Muslim Lukas Lhotan told CTK on Friday that he has recently filed a complaint over the book. He said it contains extreme Muslim opinions and that it was published by the Centre of Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic together with the Islamic Foundation.
According to witnesses, the police action frustrated the main prayer on Friday, which has a special importance for the Muslims and for which they meet in the mosque. Indonesian diplomats who were among those present complained about the police action.
Prague – Czech police detained five people in a raid on the Muslim community in Prague, handcuffed them and drove them away in a van today, Pavel Hantak, spokesman for the Squad for Uncovering Organised Crime (UOOZ), has said
He said detectives interfered in several places in Prague centre on suspicion of the publication and distribution of a book spreading racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and violence against “inferior” races.
Hantak said the police checked places where bigger numbers of religious-oriented people regularly meet.
One of such places is the Islamic Foundation in the centre of Prague, where the five above people were detained.
The premises include a place of prayer and rooms where lectures, Arabic courses and Friday sermons in Arabic and Czech are given.
According to witnesses, some 100 people were in the mosque. The police action frustrated today´s main prayer of which many of the released people complained.
One of the persons present was the first secretary of the Indonesian embassy, who said armed police entered the mosque and told the present to lie down.
Some people wanted to talk to the police, but they did not succeed, the diplomat, who was accompanied to the mosque by other members of the embassy, told journalists.
The most known case of a controversial book was the publication of the Czech translation of Adolf Hitler´s Mein Kampf issued by the Otakar II. publishers of Michal Zitko in March 2000.
Zitko was prosecuted on suspicion of support for and propagation of a movement suppressing human rights. He was first given a suspended sentence, but the Supreme Court acquitted him in March 2005. The 60,000 crown fine, which the Prague Municipal Court imposed on the Internet seller of the book published by Zitko, Vit Varak, remained valid.