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6 month sentence for Bosnian's email threats to Pope


A Bosnian Muslim was sentenced to six months in prison by a court of Zenica for sending emails threatening to kill John Paul II during his trip to Croatia last June.

23 year old Almir Abdulah sent the threatening messages, with the signature of the Mujahedin Islamic Front, to the Croatian agency Hina and IKA Catholic press agency.

The subject line on the e-mail was "Message to the infidels", and it was signed "the Islamic Front of el-Mujahadeen". It asserted: "We will kill the pope in the name of Allah".

Commenting on the defence that the email was sent as a joke, Judge Branko Peric said, "I couldn't accept such an explanation because he appeared to be an educated and intelligent young man who should have known his message would be perceived as a serious threat."

SOURCE
Zenit
Catholic News Service

LINKS
Pope begins landmark 100th foreign trip (6/6/03)
Papal Visit to Croatia (official site)
IKA


25 Aug 2003