BEIRUT: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian called on Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to prosecute the producer of a satirical TV show for posting a tweet deemed insulting to Islam and harmful to national unity.
Media reports said Wednesday that Derian has also instructed his assistant to file a complaint with the public prosecutor’s office against producer Charbel Khalil for defaming Islam by using the religious slogan “No God but God and Mohammed is his Prophet” in an odious way under the heading of “sexual jihad.”
Derian contacted Rifi to urge him to take legal action and impose severe sanctions against Khalil for the sake of safeguarding national unity and preventing sectarian discord.
Separately, a lawyer representing more than 70 religious and social figures, rights groups and civil society organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Khalil accusing him of insulting Islam, judicial sources told the Daily Star.
Khalil, the producer of “Basmat Watan” TV show, who has stirred controversy in the past for mocking Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, was accused of inciting sectarian strife and offending religious symbols, including the Prophet Mohammad.
Lawyer Tarek Shandab called on the prosecutor general to arrest Khalil over a tweet he had posted on his personal Twitter account, showing a bearded [Islamist] man and a woman, both nude, lying under a cover depicting the Islamic banner.
A comment on the tweet said “Jihad Nikah (sexual jihad) under the Prophet’s umbrella.” Shandab, who is also the lawyer for several terror suspects in Roumieh prison, demanded the “most severe sanction” for insulting Islam, the sources said.
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