A Jordanian organisation is suing a group of Danish editor for their republication of the Mohammed cartoons.
Eleven Danish editors have been summoned to appear before the Jordanian public prosecutor to answer charges of blasphemy and threatening the national peace. They include the cartoonist who drew one of the Mohammed cartoons and editors from 10 of the 17 newspapers that reprinted the cartoons in February 2008.
The group behind the announcement is called The Prophet Unites Us, a union of Jordanian media organisations, groups and private individuals.
'The public prosecutor decided to summon the Danes for a series of criminal offences. Now the Danes have to meet in Jordan,' said Zakaria al-Sheikh, the group's general secretary and editor of the Fact International, to Danish Politiken newspaper.
The Jordanian editor explained that the public prosecutor will ask the Danish Embassy for help in contacting Danish officials to arrange the meeting of the editors. Zakaria Sheikh was the initiator of a media campaign launched in March to protest against the republishing of the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed.
Osama al-Bettar, the group's lawyer, said that if the Danes do not appear, the next step will be to inform Interpol and seek their arrest.
The Danish foreign ministry said, however, that deportation was not a possibility. It would require that the printing of the Mohammed cartoons is punishable in Denmark, which is not the case. The case is being brought under changes made to the Jordanian Justice Act in 2006. These changes make it possible for Jordanian officials to prosecute crimes committed outside the country if it affects the people of Jordan by electronic means.
Ten Danish newspapers published the cartoons on their websites in February after a threat was made on the life of one the cartoonists. Both the cartoonist and the responsible editors are accused of violating Jordanian law, which prohibits the ridicule of a prophet.
The media reported the action a day after a bomb attack on the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, which killed at least eight people and injured several others.
Source: AKI News and The Copenhagen Post