Men Charged Over 'Mohammed Book' Attack

Three men are due to appear in court today charged with conspiring to damage the home of the publisher of a book about the Prophet Mohammad and his child bride.

Ali Beheshti, 40, unemployed, Abrar Mirza, 22, a phone salesman of Eastfield Road, Walthamstow, east London and 30-year-old minicab driver, Abbas Taj, of Forest Gate London have all been charged by Metropolitan Police.

They are to appear at Westminster Magistrates' today.

The charges relate to a suspected petrol bomb attack at 47 Lonsdale Square, Islington, north London, during the early hours of Saturday morning. The men have been charged with conspiring without lawful excuse to damage the premises between September 8 and 27, intending to destroy or damage property with intent to endanger life, and "being reckless as to whether the life of another would therby be endangered".

Mr Beheshti has also been accused of possessing a weapon "designed or adapted for the discharge of a noxious liquid or gas".

The fire targeted Martin Rynja of publisher Gibson Square who had planned to publish American author Sherry Jones' 'The Jewel of Medina'.

The novel, details the life of A'isha, often referred to as Mohammed's "favourite wife" from the age of six when she was reputedly betrothed to him.

Jones' novel was cancelled in the US in August by publisher Random House, following fears it may offend Muslims.


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