Czech police arrest man over Islamic book

AP News
Posted: Apr 26, 2014 11:32 AM

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police say they have arrested a man for publishing an Islamic book that allegedly promotes racism and violence.

Spokesman Pavel Hantak says the suspect, who wasn't identified, is one of 20 people that police detained during raids in Islamic centers in the Czech capital over the last two days.

In a Saturday statement, Hantak said the suspect organized the book's translation, publication, distribution and sale.

He said the book allegedly spreads racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and violence against "inferior races." Police and the state prosecution declined to give the book's name, saying they don't want to promote it by naming it.

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Local Muslims protested that the raids took place during prayers on Friday, which is a holy day for them.