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Daniel Scot Danny Nalliah
Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah
The trial for Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah, accused of "vilifying Muslims" resumed on December 11. The charges come from a seminar held on March 9, 2002, informing local Christians about Islam and the meaning of Jihad (for more information on the case, see https://www.vomcanada.com/au-2003-10-07.htm). If convicted, the two face substantial fines under Victoria State's Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.

When the trial resumed, the Board of Imams, the Uniting Church of Australia, and the Catholic Church in Melbourne all sought the right to intervene in the case, supporting the Islamic Council and their accusations against Scot and Nalliah. In a positive development, on December 15, the judge rejected the applications to intervene. It is expected that the last witness for the Islamic Council will testify within the next few days.

Pray that the judge will rule that they have not proven their case of "vilification." Pray that, as a result of this case, the policies regarding tolerance and freedom of speech will be clarified in Victoria State's laws. Pray for a positive resolution to this case.

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