Muslim World League leader condemns ‘horrific terrorist attack’ in French suburb

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the head of the Muslim World League says all religions opposed such acts of terror. (File/AFP)
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Samuel Paty was murdered on Friday night in a Paris suburb. (File/AFP)
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Updated 17 October 2020

Muslim World League leader condemns ‘horrific terrorist attack’ in French suburb

  • Al-Issa said acts of violence and terrorism were considered as crimes in all religions
  • Al-Issa stressed the importance of making every effort to fight terrorism and uproot its evil

MAKKAH: Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the head of the Muslim World League (MWL), has condemned the beheading of a French history teacher, Samuel Paty, 47, in a Paris suburb on Friday night.

Al-Issa said acts of violence and terrorism were considered as crimes in all religions and were classified as the highest level of criminal aggression.

He stressed the importance of making every effort to fight terrorism and uproot its evil, including defeating the extremist ideology that encourages such crimes.

He called on France to maintain the country’s diverse character that builds its strength and unity.

He also called on the country’s leaders to stand as one against all forms of terror and continue their efforts to eradicate anything that would undermine its security and stability.

Al-Issa concluded by expressing his condolences to the victim’s family and friends, as well as his students.


Arrest warrants issued for founders of Panama Papers firm: report

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Arrest warrants issued for founders of Panama Papers firm: report

  • The Panama Papers, a massive data leak in April 2016, exposed widespread tax avoidance and evasion

BERLIN: Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the center of the tax haven scandal exposed by the Panama Papers data leak, German media reported.
Mossack Fonseca founders Juergen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, suspected of tax evasion and associating with criminals, will be arrested if they enter the European Union, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported late Monday.
The two men hold Panamanian passports and are currently in the Caribbean archipelago which does not have any extradition treaties, the newspaper said.
However, investigators hope that Mossack, who has family in Germany, may surrender to officials in order to negotiate a reduced sentence and avoid US charges.
The Panama Papers, a massive data leak in April 2016, exposed widespread tax avoidance and evasion using complex structures of offshore shell companies and caused an international outcry.
At least 150 investigations have been opened in 79 countries to examine potential tax evasion or money laundering, according to the American Center for Public Integrity.
In 2018, Mossack Fonseca said it would close due to “irreparable damage” to its reputation. Panama’s government meanwhile continues to petition the international community to remove it from several tax haven blacklists.