Imam Mundhir Abdallah, who preaches in the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Nørrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have linked to radical Islam, is accused of citing a hadith or koranic narrative calling for Muslims to rise up against Jews.
“Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them,” Abdallah said in a Facebook and YouTube video post in March.
“These are serious statements and I think it’s right for the court to now have an opportunity to assess the case,” public prosecutor Eva Rønne said in a statement.
This is the first time the prosecution has raised such charges under a criminal code introduced January 1st 2017 on religious preaching.
Rønne said it’s legal to quote religious books like the Koran and the Bible, but that inciting or welcoming the killings of people could be punishable by up to three years in prison.
Denmark published in May 2017 a list of foreigners accused of preaching hatred — five of them Muslim preachers and one Evangelical, banning them for at least two years.
The list included two Saudis, a Canadian, a Syrian, and two Americans, including pastor Terry Jones who burned copies of the Koran in 2011, and has since been updated on several occasions.