Monday, March 20, 2006

Hire to kill? - No problem
"Unfortunate" offer by "lawmaker"

NEW DELHI - An India court on Monday rejected demands for action against a lawmaker who put a bounty of 11.5 million dollars on the heads of Danish cartoonists who drew controversial images of the Prophet Mohammed.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Y. K. Sabharwal described as “unfortunate” the offer made by Mohammed Yaqoob Qureshi, a minister in the Uttar Pradesh state government, last month.
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Qureshi told a Muslim rally after Friday prayers last month that he would give “the avenger” 510 million rupees (11.5 million dollars) and his weight in gold.

“The money will be paid by the people of Meerut (city),” said Qureshi, who is the state’s minister in charge of minority affairs and of the annual Haj pilgrimage which Muslims undertake to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
500 million rupees and the avenger's weight in gold would seem to be sufficient incentive. Maybe the 10 million rupees is for expenses.

And he's not even offering to pay it himself - he's offering other people's money. Maybe that's the technicality that got him off.

/Sarcasm alert./

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I think the 10 million extra is slighlty stranger. There is a practice amongst Hindus to give 11, 21, 51, 101 or any multiple of 10 plus 1, when giving money for religious or good causes. The irony is that this was done by a Muslim politician.

10:34 PM  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

That is ironic. Quite.

11:44 PM  

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