Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, republished by a French satirical magazine last week, were “unforgivable”.
“The grave and unforgivable sin committed by a French weekly to insult the luminous and holy personality of the Prophet has once again exposed the hostility and malevolent resentment that Western political and cultural organizations harbor against Islam and the Muslim community. ” Khamenei said in an English language statement.
“The apology of ‘freedom of expression’ by some French politicians in order not to condemn this grave crime of insulting the Holy Prophet of Islam is totally unacceptable, false and demagogic.”
During a visit to Beirut last week, French President Emmanuel Macron said Charlie Hebdo had broken no law when he put the cartoons again in a deadly attack by Islamist extremists on his offices to mark the opening of the trial on September 2, 2015.
“There is … in France a freedom from blasphemy that is linked to freedom of conscience,” Macron said.
“It is my job to protect all these freedoms.”
Twelve people, including some of France’s most famous cartoonists, were killed on January 7, 2015 when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi went on a rampage in the magazine’s Paris offices.
The perpetrators were killed after the massacre, but 14 alleged accomplices in the attacks, which also targeted a Jewish supermarket, were brought to justice.
Despite its outrage at the cartoons, Iran condemned the attack on the newspaper’s offices.
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