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Daniel Scot Danny Nalliah
Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah
Hearings resumed in the court case against Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah, accusing the two of "vilifying Muslims" in a seminar on March 9, 2002. The Islamic Council of Victoria contends that the seminar violated Victoria State's Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.

Last week, defense attorneys sought a two-week delay to prepare their defense, when the judge allowed the case to be expanded beyond the original charges (for more details, click here).

However, the judge denied that request. During the trial, the two accused will not be allowed to argue whether or not their statements from the Koran and other Islamic sources are true; but only whether or not they "incited hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule" of Muslims. VOM Spokesman, Glenn Penner commented, "This legislation was bound to be misused. It is vaguely written without clear legal definitions of what 'vilification' really is. It desperately needs to be withdrawn and either rejected or redrafted to prevent the kind of injustice we see Scot and Nalliah being subjected to." To view this legislation, go to https://www.vomcanada.com/download/rrta.pdf.

Continue to pray for this trial. Pray that all charges against these two men will be dismissed shortly.

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