London, UK, March 20 -It was reported today that Danish prosecutors plan to charge the spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Denmark Fadi Abdullatif – with threatening the government in a leaflet he wrote about the occupation of Iraq, which the prosecutors have chosen to interpret as a direct threat to the Danish government. They claim that the leaflet urges Danish Muslims to travel to Iraq in order to fight coalition troops, part of which are the 530 Danish troops stationed in southern Iraq.
Hizb ut-Tahrirs call has always been that Muslims should work for a Caliphate following a political, non-violent method. The leaflet did not call for Muslims in Denmark to travel to Iraq, nor did it call for the killing of Denmarks rulers or any rulers. Hizb ut-Tahrir has never called for the killing of rulers, not even the brutal dictators who rule the Muslim world. It is the Islamic view that it is the right of those whose land is occupied to resist occupation, and we understand that this is also a right enshrined in International Law.
Imran Waheed, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "It must never be forgotten that Bush, Blair and the government of Denmark – those who started this illegal war, the killing of innocent civilians with tanks and missiles, and those who legitimise the occupation are the ones who have committed, justified and glorified acts of terror committed in this war. It is they – the coalition – that have sent their troops to kill and be killed, with the only beneficiaries being the corporations like Halliburton. Three years on, they not only continue their occupation, but seek to silence those who criticise their occupation by bringing spurious charges, enacting draconian anti-terror laws that label resistance to occupation as terrorism and advocacy for this is as glorification. The hypocrisy is breathtaking."
"The Danish prosecutors move will be seen as a cynical attempt to deflect criticism from the position of the Danish government vis-?-vis Muslims, especially after the Prophet Muhammed cartoons controversy."
"Despite such spurious charges, Hizb ut-Tahrir will continue to speak against illegal occupation and will defend the right of those who are brutally occupied to defend themselves. We urge all people of conscience to continue to do likewise. We will also continue our non-violent political work for the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate in the Muslim world, as we believe that this is the solution to the problems of the Muslim world."