In 2020, man burned Holy Quran in Sweden to incite violence

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In 2020, man burned Holy Quran in Sweden to incite violence. The Swedish court convicted a man on Thursday of inciting ethnic hatred by burning the Holy Quran in 2020, marking the first time the accusation of desecrating the Islamic holy book has been prosecuted there.

Sweden’s intelligence agency designated the nation a “priority target” after a series of Holy Quran burnings earlier this year sparked outrage throughout the world.

In spite of condemning the desecrations several times, the Swedish government has not taken action, repeatedly highlighting the country’s extensive freedom of expression laws.

In 2020, man burned Holy Quran in Sweden to incite violence. However, for the first time ever, a court in Linkoping district court in central Sweden convicted a 27-year-old man guilty of “agitation against an ethnic group”, saying his actions targeted Muslims and not Islam as a religion, and did not promote an objective and responsible debate.

A man filmed himself burning the Holy Quran and bacon on a barbecue outside the Linkoping mosque in 2020 with a pejorative remark about the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) written underneath.

In addition to posting the video on Twitter, now known as X, and YouTube, the man had placed the burned Holy Quran and bacon outside the mosque in Linkoping.

In the video, “Remove Kebab” was used, a song popular among far-right groups and calling for the religious cleansing of Muslims.

In 2019, an Australian white supremacist live-streamed himself killing 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, according to the court.

He denied any wrongdoing, arguing that his action was a criticism of Islam. This argument, however, was rejected by the court.

In a statement, the court said the music chosen for a film with such content could only be interpreted as a threat against Muslims.

It stated that the film’s content and form made it clear that the defendant’s primary purpose was to express threats and contempt.

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