Islamic organisation plans to sue French magazine

Secretary General OIC, Iyad Ameen Abdullah Madani.

RIYADH: The Jeddah-based Organisa­tion of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) plans to sue the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, for publishing controversial cartoons, Secretary General Mr Iyad Madani told the local press.

"OIC is studying European and French laws and other available procedures to be able to take legal action against Charlie Hebdo," Madani has been quoted as saying.

"If French laws allow us to take legal procedures against Charlie Hebdo; OIC will not hesitate to prosecute the French magazine," he said.

"These cartoons have hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world. Freedom of speech must not become a hate speech and must not offend others. No sane person, irrespective of doctrine, religion or faith, accepts his beliefs being ridiculed", a comment on Mr Madani's twitter account said.