Tunisia: MP responds to critics over his alleged justification of French teacher's killing

Tunisian parliamentarian Rached El-Khayari responded to his critics over his alleged justification of the killing of a French teacher last week near Paris, footage from Monday and Wednesday in Tunis shows. “I described a situation and talked about it and said that any action is following by a reaction in the whole world, regardless of the Prophet Muhammad, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, even in Quraysh. When Al-Lat and Al-Azza sat down, they reacted, so it is natural that every action has a reaction and therefore I described and did not glorified Terrorist operation,» he said. «If I want glorification, I have all the courage to speak and the media knows me well, I consider that there is a distortion of the text of the post because the text of the post is clear, and the insult to the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, started since the operations of Denmark and the offensive cartoons from 2005 to today, often followed by reactions,» he added. Khayari commented on the attack in a blog post he published on Saturday, in which he reportedly said that insulting the Prophet of God is the greatest of crimes, and whoever commits it bears its consequences and results, whether it is a state, group or individual. For his part, the Free Constitutional Party, headed by Abeer Moussa, moved by presenting a draft bylaw aimed at issuing parliament condemning the whitewashing of terrorism and calling on the government to dry up its sources and dismantle its financing system. Moussa said, «The Free Constitutional Bloc has deposited a draft bill demanding the Tunisian parliament to vote on a list condemning the whitewashing of terrorism and urging the government to dry up the sources of terrorism.»  On October 16, 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Patty was beheaded outside his school in Conflans Sainte Honorine, northwest of Paris, and the teacher had recently shown his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a discussion on freedom of expression.

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