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.

Share