Muslim says his beheading comments were taken out of context

This is an actual defamation lawsuit launched by a Muslim against an Aussie newspaper.

A barrister for the Daily Telegraph, Tom Blackburn SC, asked him if he believed people who insulted Islam should be decapitated.

“No,” Mr Cheikho answered.

The courtroom was then played an ABC News story that aired the night after the riot in which Mr Cheikho was interviewed by reporter David Spicer.

In the interview, Mr Cheikho explained the protest was not against Australia or against the NSW Police Commissioner but against the filmmaker.

Spicer: “So do you believe the person who made this video should be beheaded?”
Cheikho: “Yeah.”
Mr Blackburn said: “Mr Cheikho, a few moments ago you said, under affirmation, that you did not agree that anyone who insults Islam should be beheaded.”

Mr Cheiko said the ABC had “taken it out of context”.

He went on to say that part of his interview with the ABC which did not air in that broadcast involved him explaining that under Islamic law, people who insult the prophet should be punished by death.

  • Martin B

    He doesn’t want to behead everyone, just infidels who insult Islam. What a relief.

  • WalterBannon

    ah, now that he has explained himself it is all good then

  • Cat-astrophe

    Muslim upset = lawsuit

  • Bill

    It’s almost a joke that any time a prominent muslim in Australia is caught out saying something that sounds shocking when said in the hearing of the infidel, then a claim is made that their words were, “Taken out of context.” Pure Taqiyya, where a muslim is permitted to lie to avoid being criticised or attacked and to protect the reputation of islam.

    Australia has Sheikh al Hilali, who infamously when confronted with his saying that unhijabbed women in public were akin to leaving out ‘uncovered meat’ that would allow cats to eat it, claimed that these comments were taken out of context and he was just quoting someone else, mysteriously unnamed. This was not the first time Sheikh Hilali claimed to have his words ‘taken out of context’ when public reacted with outrage at his words. I believe that it was Hilali that made famous that excuse of any shocking speech as really OK, but was just ‘taken out of context’ to make it look bad.