Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Video: Abu Qatada Seeks Release Of Hostages

Video: Abu Qatada Seeks Release Of Hostages

The Guardian has reported that Abu Qatada, who has been described as Osama bin Laden's spiritual ambassador in Europe, made the plea in a film broadcast on Arab television networks for the kidnappers to free Norman Kember and Harmeet Sooden, James Loney, Thomas Fox, who were in Iraq as Christian peace activists. Mr Qatada, a Jordanian born imam who faces deportation as a terror suspect, addressed the group, known as the Swords of Righteousness Brigade, as "my brothers".

Abu Qatada said: "I, your brother Abu Qatada ... beseech my brothers in the Swords of Truth in Iraq, who are imprisoning the four Christian peace activists, to release them in accordance with the fundamental principle of mercy of our faith," he said in the appeal broadcast yesterday. "Our prophet said mercy should be shown unless there is a reason in Sharia [Islamic law] that prevents it."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

27-29 Sept: Social Enterprise World Forum Live Blog

1600+ delegates from more than 45 countries have came together to share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future using social enterprise as a vehicle. Attending the Forum were social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe... More>>

HiveMind Report: A Universal Basic Income For Aotearoa NZ

Results from this HiveMind suggests that an overwhelming majority of Kiwis believe that due to changing circumstances and inefficiencies in the current system, we need a better system to take care of welfare of struggling members in our society. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Hivemind: Medical Cannabis - Co-Creating A Policy For Aotearoa

Welcome to the fourth and final HiveMind for Scoop’s Opening the Election campaign for 2017. This HiveMind explores the question: what would a fair, humane and safe Medical Cannabis policy look like for Aotearoa, NZ in 2018? More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Notes On National’s Election Campaign, In Poem Form

Nationyl’s bitumen-ing / As they du du / Seed groweth / River floweth / Then ‘dozer drives thru / Highway ensu. More>>