Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:10 pm (KSA) 09:10 am (GMT)

No ban on Islamist party in Denmark

The group is believed to have around 1,000 members and sympathizers in Denmark (File)
The group is believed to have around 1,000 members and sympathizers in Denmark (File)

Denmark's public prosecutor ruled Thursday there was no legal reason to dissolve the Danish branch of an international Islamist party, despite calls for a ban from several parties in parliament.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), a Sunni group with branches around the world, aims to "establish a Caliphate (Islamic state) notably in the Muslim countries. But that is not illegal in and of itself," public prosecutor Joergen Steen Soerensen wrote in a statement.

"As long as it does not use violence or other punishable methods, there is nothing illegal in advocating a system that is fundamentally different from the one we have in Denmark," he added.

Soerensen said however he would request different police districts to closely follow the group's activities.

This was the second time Denmark's top prosecutor has been pressured to take a stand on the legality of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which was created in Haifa, Israel in 1953 and is believed to have around 1,000 members and sympathizers in Denmark.

In 2004, public prosecutor Henning Fode also ruled there was no legal reason to ban the party, which has come under fire in the Scandinavian country for radical statements considered anti-democratic by all parties in the Danish parliament.

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