The same imam marching in support of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists once called for their imprisonment in 2007, Gotnews.com has learned.
Dalil Boubakeur, the imam of the Great Mosque of Paris, sued Charlie Hebdo in 2007 under the country’s anti-racism laws after the satirical magazine reprinted the Danish anti-Mohammed cartoons.
“This is an affair about caricatures that incite racism,” the head of the Great Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, said in February 2007 to an audience.
Boubakeur and his co-plantiffs demanded 30,000 euros (38,750 dollars) in damages and wanted Charlie Hebdo to publish the ruling on the front page of the weekly, if it comes down in their favor.
Charlie Hebdo’s staff also faced a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a fine of up to 22,500 euros.
Charlie Hebdo won the case, thanks, in part, to the testimony of Francois Hollande, who is now the French President.
The French and American media are making a lot of Boubakeur’s appearance at the Paris March today.
— Rainer Schulze (@ruw_schulze) January 11, 2015
They’ve also pointed to his speech allegedly condemning the attack.
Paris mosque imam Dalil Boubakeur jas has called the deadly shooting “a thunderous declaration of war.” #CharlieHebdo
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) January 7, 2015